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Patrick Henry’s priest would’ve favored Give me liberty, or give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.

Some juxtaposition, don't you think? Patrick Henry's call to arms Give me liberty or give me death mashed up with the Goddamn Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. It sure puts passivism into religious perspective. It's the fog of the opiate of masses, with church as enforcer of nonviolence, keeping the people down in advance of the king's Dragoons. What a mockery serenity makes of poor fools eager to feel self-respect for docile servitude. It calls to my mind the impoverished parents who cripple their young so to be more effective beggars. Or who sell their children into slavery. What cretinous vile beings. Their desperation to be pitied of course, but their fate to be repudiated, not accepted with whatever boat-non-rocking serenity. 29426

Whose “Original Intent?” The T. Potty?

According to the Beck fundamentalists, "The Original intent of the Founding Fathers" trumps all arguments. But, who exactly are they quoting? So here's a simple how-to on interpreting right wing statements on this. It's the Original Intent of people who were A very small group of very wealthy White Men. Many of them Slaveholders, all of them property "owners." 15465

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