Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – The reason I share with you Lee’s letter is because Lee sees the writing on the wall if arrogant men, if designing men are not prevented from obtaining too much power. This is exactly what has transpired because it is the natural course. This requires virtuous statesmen to stop this, to inveigh against it, to warn about it, to protest mightily, to organize and bring people of good conscience together to say no. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: 12 July 1776, General Charles Lee, who was then in South Carolina, writing to Patrick Henry to congratulate him for being elected the first governor of the first free country ever formed by the sovereign people therein, writing their own constitution and electing their own first magistrate. The reason I share with you Lee’s letter is because Lee sees the writing on the wall; if arrogant and designing men are not prevented from obtaining too much power. This is exactly what has transpired because it is the natural course. This requires virtuous statesmen to stop this, to inveigh against it, to warn about it, to protest mightily, to organize and bring people of good conscience together to say “no.”
This is today’s Founders Quote of the Day from Edmund Burke which follow Lee’s warnings to Henry with a remedy that ironically, Virginia has just availaed herself of in breaking-seceding- from the King of Great Britain.
“No man who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate, else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
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Now, this is what Charles Lee wrote to Patrick Henry, warning him about his new country and his new power:
12 July, 1776
“Sir, I most sincerely congratulate you on the noble conduct of your countrymen; and I congratulate your country on having citizens deserving of the high honor to which you are exalted; for the being elected to the first Magistracy of a free people is certainly the pinnacle of human glory; and I am persuaded that they could not have made a happier choice.
Will you excuse me? But I am myself so extremely democratical, that I think it a fault in your Constitution that the Governour should be eligible for three years successively. It appears to me that a government of three years may furnish an opportunity of acquiring a very dangerous influence. But this is not the worst. A man who is fond of office, and has his eye upon reelection, will be courting favour and popularity, at the expense of his duty.
There is a barbarism crept in among us that extremely shocks me: I mean those tinsel epithets with which (I come in for my share) we are so beplastered—his Excellency and his Honour, the Honourable President of the Honourable Congress, or the Honourable Convention. This fulsome, nauseating cant, may be well enough adapted to barbarous Monarchies, or to gratify the adulterated pride of the magnifici in pompous Aristocracies; but in a great, free, manly, equal Commonwealth, it is quite abominable; for my own part, I would as lief they would put ratsbane in my mouth as the Excellency with which I am daily crammed. How much more true dignity was there in the simplicity of address amongst the Romans: Marcus Tullius Cicero, Decimo Bruto Imperatori, or Caio Marcello Consuli, than to his Excellency Major-General Noddle, or to the Honourable John Doodle. If, therefore, I should sometimes address a letter to you without the Excellency tacked, you must not esteem it a mark of personal or official disrespect, but the reverse.”
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