Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be the number of those who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it. - Patrick Henry (1775)
How little do men change. Henry's admonition was made over 2 and a quarter centuries ago, and yet here we are, still apt to follow the siren, and to avoid the arduous struggle
of liberty. For the last several decades we have been disarming ourselves by forgetting our founding First Principles, our roots, who we are. The electronica bliss is dulling our senses. We do not hear, we do not see. The siren's song is getting stronger. Resist it. Understand the worst, and change it.