[mp3t track=’15122011_Transcript_Patrick_Henry_BOR_what_he_did_why_he_did_it.mp3′]Mike: So what Ive done here is set up that, at the time of theratification of the U.S. Constitution that so many people swear to know, love, hold, coddle, and want to uphold and become President so they can administer it and what have you, at the time of its ratification, there were as many people that were mortified, terrified, horrified of it asthere were people that were promoting it. And that voice, that man that stood in that church in March of 1775 and yelled, Give me liberty orgive me death, Patrick Henry, was the loudest voice opposing theConstitution.
Mike: So what Ive done here is set up that, at the time of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution that so many people swear to know, love, hold, coddle, and want to uphold and become President so they can administer it and what have you, at the time of its ratification, there were as many people that were mortified, terrified, horrified of it as there were people that were promoting it. And that voice, that man that stood in that church in March of 1775 and yelled, Give me liberty or give me death, Patrick Henry, was the loudest voice opposing the Constitution.
And here on Bill of Rights Day, 15 December 2011, 220 years to the day when the Bill of Rights was ratified, we now see the story of the real man behind the Bill of Rights, Patrick Henry, unfolding right in front of your very ears. How many Americans know that? How many Americans know that, not only did Patrick Henry scream Give me liberty or give me death, he also opposed the Constitution. And then when he was defeated on that matter, would not give it up. He didnt give up. All right, they may have defeated me, little Jimmy Madison may have defeated me in Richmond, Virginia, but I shall continue the quest for amendments to alter this document before it lead to our political ruin.
These men saw the danger of the U.S. Constitution. We see the beauty of it today. We seem inured of it. We seem enamored of it. We have affinity for it. Why, it does this, does that. And it is a great plan of government. But the true little r republican, the true defender of the public liberty, sees the danger of it. And not only does he see the danger of it, he doesnt wait to act. Even after hes been defeated, he doesnt wait to act. Even against the wishes of some of his most famous countrymen, like George Washington, Henry does not hesitate. My friends, ladies and gentlemen, that is as profound an American history story as you will ever hear. And Im just getting started with this. AG, had you ever heard that story?
AG: I had not.
Mike: Have you ever heard, did you know that the Bill of Rights was the brainchild of Patrick Henry and George Mason? You thought it probably came out of James Madisons pen; right?
AG: I was unfamiliar with the origin.
Mike: Yeah. And so it comes from the state of Virginia, and it comes out of what? It comes out of an organic fear of central government. And we have the audacity today to think that, as these nitwits travel to and fro, hog up valuable airtime on various cable TV shows and networks and radio shows and what have you, that the shenanigans that are called debates today actually matter? The game has been lost. It was lost a long time ago. Which is why some of us, you heard Professor Gottfried, Paul Gottfried on this show yesterday saying, look, I really dont see any solution outside of decentralization.
And this is what Henry was fighting for. And what Patrick Henry was trying to do in this fight over the Bill of Rights was to stop it. He was trying to stop the Constitution dead in its tracks before Hamilton, Adams, and the rest of the federalists could begin the process of metastasizing and gathering power inside what we call Mordor on the Potomac River today. Had it not been for the Bill of Rights, imagine what would have happened, folks. Had the Bill of Rights, had those amendments not been forced by Mr. Henry and Mr. Mason and then brought into the convention by James Madison, and Madison did a phenomenal job of getting them through the Congress, had those prohibitions against what the federal monster could do not been passed, imagine how much more quickly would have been our demise. Would you have seen the wreckage of a Republican form of government that we call our federal government today?
And so on Bill of Rights Day today, 15 December 2011, 220 years to the day that the Bill of Rights was ratified, instead of running around, yelling about your rights, and do you know your rights and your constitutional rights and all this, maybe think a little bit about Mr. Patrick Henry, again, that lion of liberty, the liberty-or-death man founder, again, doing things for posterity, where he received no mortal compensation for it. Can I repeat that? He received no mortal compensation for those actions. None. Of course, we wont do it today unless we get a book deal, unless we get a television show on Fox, unless were elected somewhere so we can ultimately pass off goodies to our friends. Thats how sick and lack of virtue our society and our country has become. He did all this and received nothing, I repeat, nothing, or little, in the mortal world. That is a testament to greatness there, folks.
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