After uploading some pics and adding a link to some tattoo pics (after all this is a site for bikers) I was about brain dead. Browsing to try an jog a braincell or two I came upon this posting by Girl Geek (we link to her blog and her and Chainsaws site. just look in the links section) on Bruce and Ray's Forum (yep we link there too) in which she reprint a post from Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story some 150 years ago. I thought to my self, "self, stop thinking and just reprint/steal this". I think after you read it you will know why.
AN APPEAL FOR LIBERTY
By Joseph Story
I call upon you, fathers, by the shades of your ancestors-by the dear ashes which repose in this precious soil-by all you are, and all you hope to be- resist every encroachment upon your liberties, resist every attempt to fetter your consciences, or smother your public schools, or extinguish your system of public instruction.
I call upon you, mothers, by that which never fails in a woman, the love of your off-spring; teach them, as they climb your knees, or lean on your bosoms, the blessings of liberty. Swear them at the altar, as with their baptismal vows, to be true to their country, and never forget or forsake her.
I call upon you, young men, to remember whose sons you are; whose inheritance you possess. Life can never be to short, which brings nothing but disgrace and oppression. Death never comes to soon, if necessary in the defense of the liberties of your country.
I call upon you, old men, for your counsels, and your prayers, and your benedictions. May not your gray hairs go down in sorrow to the grave, with the recollection that you have lived in vain. May not your last sun sink in the west upon a nation of slaves.
No; I read in the destiny of my country far better hopes, far brighter visions. We, who are assembled here, must soon be gathered to the congregation of other days. The time of our departure is at hand, to make way for our children upon the theatre of life. May god speed them and theirs. May he who, at the distance of another century, shall stand here to celebrate this day, still look round upon a free, happy, and virtuous people. May he have reason to exult as we do. May he, with all the enthusiasm of truth as well as of poetry, exclaim, that here is still his country....................................... Ride Free, but more importantly, LIVE FREE........rc