I attended the central phoenix tea party meeting monday night to listen to Patrick Henry give his speech known as "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" How can a speech 238 years ago be as relevant today as it was then? I beleive because of one common thread- individual freedom. (Patrick Henry's quotes are bold italics) We seem to have at our freedom door a government that is intent on ignoring us, taxing us without representation, passing laws that endanger our Republic, presume and state openly that the majority of us support what they do (as if thru repetition we will be convinced), use our own values (as if they believe in them) to argue against us and with a confidant arrogance assume we will like what they are forcing upon us. We need to wake up "it is nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery" The war has been declared, the war ships wait in the harbour, "Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through the fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty to treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty towards the majesty of heaven, whom I revere above all earthly kings" I fear to speak less the gov consider my voice- a voice of demonizing the gov and causing hysteria, causing violence and finnally being called a homeland terrorist. Who should be more afraid of their gov than of God. It is because I feel at risk of being accused that closes my lips. " There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitalbe---and let it come! I repeat it,sir, let it come" and "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God" I do feel my freedom of speech is shackled and as I speak the enemy is diligently looking for snares in order to proclaim the tea party a disruptive group that endangers the well being (peace or health of others) to allow them to declare a sham national emergency to quiet us. I hear the whinning in the halls, of harrassment, racial slurs, I hear a desperate grasping for any excuse for a self-righteous battle with us falsly accused. The clanking can be heard on the plains of the desert, Do you hear them, Thanks be to God that he was on our side then and will be now.