Whatt does Patrick Henry seem to feel are the colonists' strengths and weaknesses?

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In Patrick Henry’s March 23, 1775 speech to his colleagues. Henry says that the colonies are weak in their willingness to go to war in order to save their future; Henry counters this fear saying that one of the strengths that the colonies have is that they have a large number of people to form an army; an army with liberty on their side.

Henry warns that most of the colonials are willing to turn a blind eye to the war with England that is inevitable.

“Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth—to know the worst and to provide for it.”

It is this weakness that Patrick Henry sees that he counters with his claim of the strengths that the colonies do have. Henry claims that they as a people

“… are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three 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.”

The strength they have is their numbers and the righteousness of their cause.

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