[Noun] Bondage; The state of entire subjection of one person to the will of another. Slavery is the obligation to labor for the benefit of the master, without the contract of consent of the servant. Slavery may proceed from crimes, from captivity or from debt. Slavery is also voluntary or involuntary; voluntary, when a person sells or yields his own person to the absolute command of another; involuntary, when he is placed under the absolute power of another without his own consent.
The definition of slavery is an interesting study. My early eduction taught me that the evils of slavery had been abolished with the War between the States. Good had triumphed over evil and our enlightened countrymen had forever vanquished slavery in our great nation. But somewhere deep in my soul, I knew that slavery had not been slain, only transformed. What had once been hallmarked by shackles and whips now takes on the appearance of safety and freedom. Rather than wearing the burden of social horror, the newly disguised slavery proudly took up the mantle of nobility, offering justice, equality and the furtherance of all mankind. The newly fashioned slavery is far more insidious than the old - where the brutality of slavery had once been exposed to the truth, it is now hidden in the glory of Welfare, the New Deal and Public Assistance. No longer is slavery limited to a small portion of society, it has grown to encompass the whole.
Our citizens have become slaves humbled before a master of our own making. Through our ignorance, our apathy and our overriding desire for safety and security, we have bound fast ourselves and our fellow man. But that is only the beginning of the tragedy. In our quest to engineer a social utopia, we have failed to produce great men of character and stature. Rather than bearing children that will rise up and stand in the gap between the innocent and the oppressor, we have born a nation content to suckle at the breast of the almighty government.
My heart fails me. I long for great men to rise from our rubble, proclaiming truth and liberty in the humble hamlets, villages and towns of our countryside and in the hallowed halls of our vast cities. Not only would their words ring strong and true, they would risk their fortunes, their reputations and their lives to ensure true liberty. They would stand - and in the process, they would direct the course of nations.
I am in search of Patrick Henry. I am looking for the strength of character that forced men to stand before evil knowing it could cost them everything. I am looking for a leader who's faith in our people and our God far outweighs his own selfish desire for power and glory. I am looking for a man to stay the course in spite of supreme opposition. I am looking for one who will stand and say, "It is in vain, sir, to extenuate 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 or 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)
We are a nation in search of Patrick Henry.
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