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To the ed­i­tor: Th­ese are the times. Th­ese are the times that try men’s souls. The sum­mer sol­dier and the sun­shine pa­triot will, in this cri­sis, shrink from the ser­vice of their coun­try; but he that stands by it now, de­serves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not eas­ily con­quered; yet we have this con­so­la­tion with us, WKDW WKH KDrGHr WKH FRn­flIFW, the more glo­ri­ous the tri­umph. What we ob­tain too cheap, we es­teem too lightly: it is dear­ness only that gives ev­ery thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange in­deed if so ce­les­tial an ar­ti­cle as FREE­DOM should not be highly rated.

The above is from one of Thomas Paine’s pam­phlets, which was ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled “The Cri­sis.” It was re­leased on DHF. 23, 1776, twR GDyV EHIRUH :DVhLnJtRn FURVVHG thH DHODware with his win­ter sol­diers to con­front the Bri­tish in Tren­ton and Prince­ton; a few months af­ter the sign­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, and at a time when Bri­tain was step­ping up its at­tack upon the colonies. Like to­day, the free­dom move­ment was un­der at­tack. Like to­day, a call to ac­tion was go­ing out to those of courage and good will. Un­like to­day, the threat to our coun­try’s ex­is­tence was not ex­ter­nal.

Of what does this call con­sist ? It is a call to be not afraid and to speak the truth. Our tra­di­tional val­ues are rock solid, our cause is just, and our coun­try needs us.

(YHU VLnFH thH COLn­tRn $Gmin­is­tra­tion I have un­der­stood that the peo­ple who run the Demo­crat Party, at least on the na­tional level, are peo­ple who be­lieve that char­ac­ter doesn’t count, the truth doesn’t mat­ter and only suck­ers obey the law. :H FDn­nRt PDLn­tDLn D FLYLO VR­ci­ety based upon those be­liefs. Those be­liefs run counter to our Judeo-Chris­tian value sys­tem. Those be­liefs do what they are meant to do - turn our coun­try up­side down. They cre­ate a so­ci­ety where right will be wrong, where up will be down and where good will be bad. Those be­liefs will col­lapse us into a tyranny of con­cocted on­go­ing “crises” where self-anointed “elites” will as­sure us that our fu­ture is “known,” but our pasts will be con­stantly chang­ing.

:hR LV UHVSRnVLEOH IRU thLV rush to tyranny? The cur­rent RFFuSDnt RI thH :hLtH HRuVH is not a good per­son. He is the most di­vi­sive, de­struc­tive and lawless pres­i­dent our coun­try hDV HYHU HnFRun­tHUHG. :RuOG a good per­son de­stroy the coun­try our par­ents and grandSDUHntV ORYHG? :RuOG D JRRG per­son de­stroy the fu­tures of our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren by bury­ing them in tril­lions of GROODUV Ln GHEt? :RuOG D JRRG per­son tell re­li­gious peo­ple what tenets of their faith they DUH DOORwHG tR hROG? :RuOG D good per­son run for the high­est RI­fiFH RI thH JUHDtHVt FRun­tUy Rn the face of the earth in or­der to de­stroy that coun­try? The an­swer is ob­vi­ous.

I have asked in the past what kind of a per­son wants to funGDPHn­tDOOy FhDnJH $PHULFD, has no ac­com­plish­ments upon which he could cam­paign, for ide­o­log­i­cal rea­sons can­not be­lieve in such a thing as right and wrong, wants no checks upon the ex­cesses of government, be­lieves he is a sub­sti­tute for God, and is lay­ing the foun­da­tion for our coun­try’s demise? The an­swer again is ob­vi­ous.

Yes, th­ese are the times that try men’s souls. We must be brave and with the truth must con­front and re­sist our King Ge­orge. We can­not shrink from this ser­vice. Too many good men and too many good women have given their lives for our free­doms; and it is cru­cial that we keep the faith with those and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Wouldn’t it be strange if we did not do so? What kind of peo­ple would we be? Yes, it would in­deed be strange if so ce­les­tial an ar­ti­cle as FREE­DOM would not be so highly rated. Thomas L. Nick­el­son

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