"shall the descendants of Britons tamely submit to [the wanton exercise of power]? No sirs! We never will; while we revere the memory of our gallant and virtuous ancestors, we never can surrender those glorious privileges for which they fought, bled, and conquered. Admit that your fleets could destroy our towns, and ravage our seacoasts; these are inconsiderable objects, things of no moment to men whose bosoms blow with the ardor of liberty." Richard Henry Lee (1775).
Lee had it 100% right. Where is that spirit of '76?