Patrick Henry Redux

Patrick Henry Redux

A puckish attitude on a Friday evening made it impossible to resist this contemporary hat tip to the original painting by Peter F. Rothermel “Patrick Henry Before the Virginia House of Burgesses” (1851). It actually portrays Henry’s “If this be treason, make the most of it!” speech against the Stamp Act of 1765, not his famous “Liberty or death!” call for Virginia to send to troops to the Revolutionary War in 1775. Still, it is a funny bit of timely satire that makes me ponder what Henry would say if he knew that a time would come when “liberty” would mean “the freedom to take all federal dollars within the law.”


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September 28, 2012 · 5:00 pm

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