On 17 July 1775, the Culpeper Minute Men gathered under the large oak tree in Clayton’s Old Field located on the Catalpa Estate in southwest Virginia. This muster of Culpeper citizen militia received its first orders from Colonel Patrick Henry.
On 23 March 1775, Delegate Patrick Henry delivered a stirring address to the Virginia Convention in the House of Burgesses…give me Liberty or give me Death! The spirit of Patrick Henry’s immortal maxim is indelibly printed on the flanks of the Culpeper Minute Men’s battle flag.
In the same spirit of assembling under the large oak tree prior to battle, the Patrick Henry Caucus will gather here to prepare for battle—not a battle fought against a distant foe across a vast ocean, but a conflict with tyrants on our own soil.
The federal government is determined to strip States of their individual sovereignty. And, the Patrick Henry Caucus is resolved to restore our constitutionally granted independence once more.
This war won’t be fought on a typical battlefield. This war will be fought in the chambers of our state capitols. This war will be fought in the homes of our local communities. This war will be fought in the hearts and minds of American citizens across the nation.
So, what must we do?!
COMMUNICATE. Creating and maintaining a national organization requires communication on a number of levels. Clayton’s Old Field is just one of many tools at our disposal to provide an avenue for frequent, fast, and accurate communication.
SHARE IDEAS. Use this online “neighborhood” to share ideas. Don’t dismiss ideas from others that seem contrary to your own. Discuss. Deliberate. Decide. Do. State legislators should use this forum to observe (and engage in) dialogue with constituents and citizens of their respective states.
DEBATE. Vigorous discussion, yes! Impugning character, no! Vigorous debate, persuasion, and consideration is how minds and hearts are changed. It’s how we created a one nation, under God! Indivisible.
PLAN EVENTS. Collaborate within your State to schedule events and meetings. Meet people in your state forum who share a common commitment to the issues.
ORGANIZE. Clayton’s Old Field will be the primary location for Patrick Henry Caucus state leaders (citizens and legislators) to communicate with their statewide Caucus. Generally speaking, statewide Caucus organizations are subdivided by state senate districts. At times, state Caucuses will collaborate with the Special Advisor and the National Executive Governing Board by utilizing this important tool. From time to time, the national organization of the Patrick Henry Caucus will convey important information through this website to its membership.
FREE SPEECH. Even though the National Executive Governing Board of the Patrick Henry Caucus sees this website as a “free speech zone,” it will not tolerate profanity, vulgar language, or sexually explicit references. This forum is a place for individual state discussions. Patrick Henry Caucus Members should focus on discussions occurring within their own state’s forum area.
Let’s use this powerful tool to change a nation, together.