″We few…, we happy few…, we band of brothers!″ Happy St. Crispin′s Day, Tea Party! Yes! Once again my favorite holiday has returned. Actually, Catholics around the world may be celebrating both Saints Crispin and Crispinian, a..k.a. Crispinus and Crispianus, a pair of twins martyred way back in 286 A.D.. Fans of history, such as myself, mark this day as it is the anniversary of the most lopsided military victory, the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. It should also be noted that today is also the anniversary of two other famous battles, the Battle of Balaklava during the Crimea War in 1854, when we had the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade, as well as the WW2 naval action in the Pacific, the Battle of Leyte Gulf and 1944. But it was Agincourt that is well remembered thanks to William Shakespeare and his historical play, ″Henry V′. That′s King Henry the 5th of England to you No-Low Information Voters. A perfect episode to warm the hearts of those in the Tea Party movement. Why? Well, I′ll tell you…

Battle of Agincourt

In the last few weeks, we have seen all sorts of polling data meant to paint the picture that nobody likes the Tea Party movement. The Liberal Media and their allies have worked overtime to create this impression. For example, one poll from CBS News shows that ′only′ 28% of the country supports the Tea Party. Whereas they see the glass three-quarters empty, I see the glass one-quarter filled. Let us be honest, rarely do any polls show a majority of Americans supporting anyone other than Democrats. The numbers from the samplings are always skewed from the outset giving Democrats an advantage. They generally always under represent the actual numbers of Republicans and Independents and over represent those supporting the Democrats.

Which is why I raise the flag of Agincourt as a triumph of the underdog. Poor King Harry had just fought a long and bitter siege at the city of Harfleur. With winter approaching, Henry decided to march his army of about 9,000 men to Calais and return to England to rest and recuperate. For over two weeks they marched in cold, rainy conditions, wearing them down further with sickness. Meanwhile, the French assembled a huge army five times the size of the English and awaited to smash them. It should have been an easy, quick victory for the French.

But, as is usually the case, things do not go as one plans. The French were so confident in victory that they spent the night before boozing and gambling. A steady rain had also been a factor, making the field muddy and difficult to traverse. As the day began, the English looked grimly upon the French battle line and many of Henry′s council of nobles were inclined to retreat. But Henry was determined and in perhaps one of the greatest displays of leadership, rallied his troops, motivating them to give their all. Shakespeare romanticized this in the St. Crispin′s Day speech where Henry scoffs at needing any more men to fight. As the French attacked, they became bogged down in the mud, giving the English longbow archers ample time to rain down quivers of arrows. There was still plenty of man-to-man combat that day, but in the end, France lost around 10,000 men, including some 8,000 armored knights. Henry lost 29 men in total. Not bad for a Welshman, eh?

So Happy St. Crispin′s Day, Tea Party! Our numbers may be small and the odds appear to be overwhelming, but, as Shakespeare put it, ″all things are ready if our minds be so!″ Our cause is just. Our reasons sound. And to those dead-heads in The Establishment, I say they, ″Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon St. Crispin′s Day!″