What Will You Do In the War?
Not that I want one anytime soon, but the talk in the bar is that one is needed soon.
We have not had a Civil War for quite a while in the West.
Britain had one. The King was executed and the Parliament of Fools was expelled.
The speech by Cromwell could well do with dusting off, perhaps bringing up to date in language, and delivering in Oz and the US for starters. It fits even as it is:
Oliver Cromwell’s speech on the dissolution of Parliament in 1653:
It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?
Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!