Happy Independence Day

I’d like to begin by quoting Patrick Henry, whose Biography my kids and I watched this morning on A&E:

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!

And then I’d like to point out my latest headline watch.

This afternoon on MSNBC.com:
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And here’s Murdoc’s:
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And, finally, another quote, though it’s not quite what you’re used to hearing. Everyone is familiar with “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf“, attributed to George Orwell. And many anti-war types gleefully point out that the exact source of this quote has never been tracked down. But they don’t point out this observation about pacifists he made in his Notes on Nationalism (1945):

Those who ‘abjure’ violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.

That helps me sleep at night.