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 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, that the harder the conflict, 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. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER,” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.
Those are the words of the great Patriot, Thomas Paine, as written in The American Crisis I on December 23rd, 1776. While these words are over 200 years old they still ring true today. In fact these words have rung in my head ever since I was a small boy in school amongst the last generation of students to get an almost decent education in American history and civics lately.
Yesterday the stock market took another nose dive and the latest poll numbers show that it is increasingly likely that a Socialist is about to become the next President of the United States. Even worse is the thought that Barack Obama will do so as his party assumes absolute power (a majority in the House, a filibuster-proof senate, and the ability to sweep through appointed judges and Supreme Court Justices). This is down right frightening to me and I am sure to many of you. In fact the notion probably has our Founding Fathers turning in their graves!
The storm clouds that have been building on the horizon for the past month have never looked so gray than they have today. The lightening is blinding and the sound of thunder is almost deafening. However we’ve been through times like these and have persevered!
Ask the brave men in the Continental Army, whom under the leadership of George Washington, suffered through the cold, hard, and bitter winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge. Many of them perished but those who remained stuck it through to the end and acheieved a great victory and laid the foundation for the freedom we enjoy today(the same freedom that too many of us take for granted)!
Ask Captain James Lawrence who perished during the War of 1812 as his ship was taken over by The British but didn’t die in vain because HE never gave up the ship. His now-famous battle cry “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flew on a flag during the Battle of Lake Erie (on a ship commandeered by Oliver Hazard Perry) and still inspires the Midshipmen of the US Navy today.
Ask Crockett, Bowie, & Travis who courageously lost their lives while taking a stand, despite their long odds, at The Alamo.
I could go on and on. We are Americans! We are blessed to live in the greatest nation on earth, not because of her government but because of her people. When the times get tough and the going gets rough we stand our ground and never give up no matter what the cost! The Civil War, The Great Depression, World War II, and September 11th were all dark times but did we give up and bring forth our downfall? NO!!!! During each of these instances we got knocked in the teeth but we dusted ourselves off and pushed onward.
THE TIME IS NOW TO STAND UP AND FIGHT!!! Not with cannons and muskets but with words and deeds. Last August I said “Enough” and stood up to be counted for Governor Mike Huckabee. Do you like the way things are headed? If the answer is no, stand up and be counted too! Get involved in the political process. Even the smallest voice can make a big difference! The cause of Freedom and Liberty needs you!
THE TIME IS NOW TO START TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!