Give me liberty or give me death!

edc3d6d0-de32-4592-a674-9e37ca5bdab5I am reading this magnificent book by Dan Brown (the author of The Da Vinci Code) called Deception point. It is about American Politics. And though I have been a integrated part of American politics for some time now, I have happily been without knowledge of how things are really run in D.C..

Ok, Dan Brown may not be the best source of truth, but it seems to me, that there is a bit of truth in the fact, that that race is as dirty as any political fight.

Politics is a old as civilisation. It started in fabled cities as Babylon and Eden, and it has been with us since. The pitfalls being the same; corrupt governments, chaos, too many dependent on public welthfare, crony capitalism and the like.

If you read the bible, you can have advice, as in the story about the tower of Babel. This story comes from a situation they must have had in Babylon. The fabled city with the hanging gardens. The megacity of the ancient orient was one of the first true republics. It had a government that was divided between judges, the layman and the king.

From this we learn, that one of the worst problems of Babylon was the mix of cultures. At a certain point, there were too many cultures in the city, and all hell broke loose. The central Ziggurat, that is the temple of Babylon, is depicted as a tower that was built too large (it is enormous, you can still see it today) but had no inner core.

A Republic needs an inner core, that all citizens adhere to, to function. That is what I wanted to talk about in relation to the American constitution and the current hoolabaloo.

When the US started, it started with a pack of rebels rebelling against the English crown. There was a momentous speech by Patrick Henry, where he claims, that he will rather die than lose his freedom.

“Give me liberty, or give me death!”, he exclaimed. That is the inner core of the United States of America. You have to remember that, to be yourself. You are rebels, and if you end up being custodians of an ever enlarging empire, you lose yourself.

That is why you like me, because as Henry, I have exclaimed the exact same words not in defiance of the English crown, goodness no! But in defiance of those islamists, who are here to put a mark on us, and kill us.

You remind us of who we are, and vice versa.

Look at that virtue; You do not know when you have it, but not having it, is the problem. It is in the lack of it, that you realise the value of it.

Remember that, when you look out of your citadels and build your gigantic machines of war, there was that little powerful yet frail man, who went, willingly to his death to save his liberty. You are his children, and that is what you are, if you want to be Americans. As we, in Denmark are the same, if we want to be Danes.

G-d bless the United States of America in friendship with the Danes.

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  1. Peter Buch
    April 5th, 2016 at 22:39 | #1

    Hr. Trier kan nok lidt af historien, tror jeg. Hvor er Trier?
    Give me liberty or give me death!

  2. Peter Buch
    April 5th, 2016 at 22:43 | #2

    You don’t know if you don’t have it, but having it…
    må det være

  3. Asger Trier Engberg
    April 6th, 2016 at 10:12 | #3

    Ups, jeg syntes også der var et eller andet, tak Peter 🙂

  4. Asger Trier Engberg
    April 13th, 2016 at 10:31 | #4

    Det er i Tyskland, syd tror jeg nok 🙂

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