Patrick Henry and Mental Health
Comments on Patrick Henry's speech.
Patrick Henry made a speech March 23, 1775 before the Virginia House of Burgesses. His resolution passed 65 to 60 (52%) and the colony of Virginia went to war. Let us review the speech and make comments. The entire speech is contained in the video at the end.
Patrick Henry at statehouse
Comment, Set peaceful ideals
Our ideals should be peaceful in nature, never advocating violence. Grow and mature, seek alternatives to fighting.
Patrick Henry fears the British.
..... Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation -- the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? .....
Comment, was his fear justified?
Was his fear justified? Patience and diplomacy would have earned representation without violence. Experience shows that violence begets violence and war begets war. Killing for any reason is still killing.
Agree with your enemy quickly said Jesus. "Love your enemy," means make your enemies your friends. Work for want you want, but learn patience. Both Canada and India attained their goals without warfare.
Patrick Henry says there are no alternatives, but to fight.
Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on..... There is no longer any room for hope. ...-- we must fight! -- I repeat it, sir, we must fight!!
Comment, learn patience
No, the colonists did not do everything they could to achieve their goals. As the population of the colonies grew they grew in influence. With time, perhaps another generation, the colonists would have all they wanted without bloodshed. In 1812 the Americans won the war against Briton. In only 36 years the colonists became much stronger. Population expansion had a profound influence on British policy in America. Time was on the side of the colonists, learn patience.
Patrick Henry seems to have at least a neurotic fear of his countrymen. Note Patrick Henry kept his wife chained in his basement due to her insanity. Perhaps it is the treatment of his wife which caused guilt and fear in him.
Patrick Henry for a Holy Cause.
.... Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
Comment, God does not make war.
A, "Just God," does not take sides in war. It is not a holy cause to kill someone. Place God over nation. This concept is left over from the Old Testament and most particularly shown in The Book of Joshua. The claim: "a just God will raise up friends to fight our battles for us", is a false claim. It has been false ever since Joshua’s time.
Patrick Henry is reaching to God as his justification. Schizophrenics often identify with God just before they have an episode.
Patrick Henry, there is no peace in his head.
.... Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! -- I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Was Patrick Henry Paranoid?
Patrick Henry obtained up to 78 slaves. If he was so concerned about becoming a slave he should have worked to abolish slavery here.
Slavery was abolished in England 40 years before the Civil War in America (1820's). Had the colonists remained part of Briton, the Civil War could have been avoided. This is an ideal example of how war begets war.
James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution" and a slaveholder himself, basically called Patrick Henry paranoid, because Henry was afraid of a slave uprising. See "The Second Amendment Was Ratified to preserve Slavery," by Thom Hartman.
Patrick Henry's Wife
Note what Patrick Henry did to his wife. It is said she went mad after her sixth child. Patrick Henry decided to keep her in the basement, chained and in a straitjacket. She eventually starved to death. Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death" while he kept his wife chained in the basement. ... or is that a quote from her...?
See, "Patrick Henry's Secret" http://www.history.org
Consider the war dead.
Many died in the Revolutionary War.
The Revolutionary war caused over 52,294 deaths. Most of the deaths were caused by diseases such as smallpox and scurvy. "Only" 27,440 died in the battle fields.
These totals do not include the stories of the widows and orphans left behind. War historians seem to leave out the history of the widows and orphans.
Conclusion, obtain a mental health warrant.
The war was actually in Patrick Henry’s head. He had at least a neurotic fear of imminent harm. This symptom is for a mental health professional. The lesson for today is to obtain a mental health warrant for people who promote war and violence.