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? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? 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? Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power. ~Patrick Henry
This morning while drinking my coffee I flipped on the TV to see what marathons were running for the holiday weekend. The History Channel is running a marathon of “America the Story of Us.” Hearing the story of colonization and revolution is inspiring. They discussed the attack on New York City in August 1776. The British had over 400 ships in New York harbor – the largest British naval force amassed until D-day. General Howe then led 15,000 British troops against the rebels. The rebels were outnumbered 2 to 1 and the British took control of New York City. This was the largest attack on the U.S. until September 11, 2001. Captured rebels were imprisoned on British prisoner of war ships in the harbor. More American rebels died on these ships than were killed in battle. The loss of NYC was Washington’s first loss in the American Revolution.
Despite this defeat, they didn’t give up. The reality was that there was little to no chance for the rebels to win. Even knowing they couldn’t possibly win, they still continued to fight.
Do you think about how the strength of these individuals effects you?