Apage from Paine
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