Conservatives Are Playing The Long Game And Winning

“The new constitution would give Congress too much authority, Patrick Henry warned. “They’ll take your niggers from you,” he said to laughter. The ratification convention is rich with that distinct Virginia blend of high-flown tributes to liberty, honeyed testimonies of personal distaste for slavery, and venomous appeals to race prejudice.” (Michael Waldman)
Patrick Henry is famous for saying “give me liberty or give me death” and less famous for the more salient point that “they’ll take your n****** from you” (via Michael Waldman)

Democrats think of democracy as a thing they have, whereas Republicans see it as a fight they’re in. That’s why Democrats don’t do anything even when they’re in power, and Republicans do even when they’re out. The Dems are bringing a knife to a literal gun fight. No wonder there’s blood…



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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at, and you can reach me at