While learning about the more famous "Give me liberty or give me death speech" I ran across this one. This one was discussed widely when they were debating the new U.S. Constitution and Patrick Henry was part of the "Anti-federalist" movement that feared the consolidation of power with the new central government proposed by the Federalist. He was one of the people that was instrumental in the first 10 amendments called the bill of rights, to safeguard the rights of the individual against the state.
I was reading this speech and I have seen much of what Patrick Henry warned about has come to pass. One thing to keep in mind was that his system of beliefs relied on an educated electorate. And the only people that voted back then was landowners, they had "skin" in the game so any decisions that the government made did directly affect them and they made a point to be educated in the classics and of good governance. Now today we have people voting that get direct benefits from the state, this was feared by the founders of old for it would pervert the purpose of the government and increase the power of the state and lessen the power of the individual. When I read the part about the presidency being a ruler, I kept thinking of our petulant boy king and his rule by decree and the congress afraid to oppose them. the royalty that was feared by then had arrived.