Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink posted a fiery reading of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech that quickly went viral and prompted calls for him to run for office.
The bestselling author and podcaster posted his impassioned rendition of the Founding Father’s famous address on Instagram on Monday.
Willink also linked to the video on Twitter, where he exhorted his followers to heed a “timeless message from the past: Encouragement and strength to those who stand and fight for the cause of freedom. A warning to the tyrants and their agents who seek to subjugate free people.”
A timeless message from the past:
Encouragement and strength to those who stand and fight for the cause of freedom.
A warning to the tyrants and their agents who seek to subjugate free people. https://t.co/dmws6y3kwj
— Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) February 14, 2022
Willink did not explain what inspired his rendition of Henry’s iconic 1775 speech, but it was widely understood to be a rebuke of the ongoing government overreach concerning coronavirus restrictions and mandates.
The decorated Navy veteran appeared to recite the speech from memory, emphasizing certain phrases that are alarmingly relevant to the tyrannical times we’re living in now.
“Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves,” Willink said. “We have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on.
“We have petitioned. We have remonstrated. We have supplicated. We have prostrated ourselves before the throne and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament.
“But our petitions have been slighted. Our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult. Our supplications have been disregarded, and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.
“In vain, after these things, may we indulge in fond hope of peace and reconciliation? There is no longer any room for hope.
“If we wish to be free, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!
“They tell us 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 us bound 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.
“The millions of people — armed in the holy cause of liberty and in such a country as that which we possess — are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.
“Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles with us.
“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone. It is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery.
“Our chains are forged. The war is inevitable — and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come! It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, ‘Peace, peace’ — but there is no peace. The war has actually begun. The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms.
“Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that we gentlemen wish? What would they have?
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!
“I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
The speech Willink recited exhorted Americans to take a stand against government tyranny or they’ll cede their rights to power-hungry bureaucrats forever.
The Navy SEAL’s numerous fans urged him to run for political office.
“Just run for president already please,” one Instagram commenter exhorted.
“Sounds like Governor Jocko!” another wrote.
“Please, Please run for President. Your rallies would be awesome,” another fan commented.
On Monday, Justin Trudeau, the liberal prime minister of Canada, took the extraordinary step of invoking that nation’s Emergencies Act to put down peaceful trucker demonstrations against his draconian vaccine mandates.
Ironically, the “vast majority” of Canadian truckers are vaccinated but oppose forced vaccinations as a violation of bodily integrity and personal freedom.
Trudeau’s administration then went a step further by threatening to suspend the insurance on the protesters’ trucks and freeze their bank accounts.
Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister:
“If your truck is being used in these illegal blockades, your corporate accounts will be frozen, the insurance on your vehicle will be suspended.” pic.twitter.com/iv1K8VDhAL
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 14, 2022
As a reminder, Trudeau vocally supported the destructive Black Lives Matters riots of 2020.
Trudeau, the man who took a knee with BLM protestors in 2020, says the freedom convoy “is not a peaceful protest.” pic.twitter.com/yVIAHiPc7s
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) February 14, 2022
Like other liberals, Trudeau gleefully wields unfettered government power to silence his political opponents.
The message Willink delivered from a great American patriot nearly 250 years ago resonates with people everywhere who refuse to bow to tyranny.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.