Themes For Memorial Day Soliloquies
"Our Town" By James W. Tucker
Thursday, May 28, 1959
Memorial Day Soliloquies
The Three R's
The Three R's That Spell War
Loss of Freedom
"Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth. Is this the part of wise men engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?
Patrick Henry's Speech
"Are we disposed to be of 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.
"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. Let us not, I beseech you sir, deceive ourselves longer. Sir, we have done everting that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; . . . . Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances shave produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned with contempt . . . . In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation . . . .
Lamp of Experience
"They tell us, sir, that we are weak -- unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? . . . . Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? . . . .
Phantom of Hope
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry 'Peace, peace' -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! 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!"
Defenders of Freedom