It is in vain, sir, to extentuate the matter. 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!

- Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

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Nothing like 226 year-old quotes calling for Revolutionary War to make the heart stir. Do not mistake my invoking this quote as support or non-support of war. The colonists debated the question of war for years — it was a difficult decision. Let’s hope the present leaders of the United States use as much intelligence and caution in their strategic decisions — decisions they take in Our name.

The flag I found at the excellent Flags Of The World site. I had no idea that vexillology = the study of flags [] Other choice links: USA Flags; Using the flag for advertising; US Coat of Arms; 51 Star Flag?; The danger of disunity, Don’t Tread On Me.

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