“Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?”
Moshannon State Forest
July 8th 2012
Pennsylvania state police wield an assault rifle, safety off, to confront unarmed protesters during the blockade of a drilling site for fracking on the Marcellus Formation.
Still from Marcellus Earth First! Action
“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 hath placed in our power.”
-Patrick Henry, 1775