“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, 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 everything value. Heaven knows how to put a price upon its good; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial article as FREEDOM should not be highly valued.”
The American Crisis
Published in Philadelphia on December 19th, 1776
Thomas Paine wrote this first of 19 pamphlets at the darkest hour of the war with Great Britain. It sold 100,000 copies overnight and inspired Washington’s soldiers to cross the Delaware and win the battle of Trenton, a turning point in the war.
Paine’s inspired challenge rallied the Colonists and changed the outcome of the War with Britain. For Ukrainians, their President’s determination to remain in Ukraine to rally his countrymen, saying to the American President, “I don’t need a ride. I need ammunition,” has had the same effect.
40,000 freedom fighters have entered Ukraine to join the fight against the Russians who are killing men, women, and children without mercy. NGOs are working night and day to feed, clothe, and aid the largest number of refugees since World War II to leave Ukraine and find lodging in other European countries. In the meantime, our President and his ‘green’ advisors are loathe to open America’s energy industry to ensure our tax dollars do not aid Ras Putin to fund his war against Ukraine.
If courage is a virtue, our courage as a nation of virtue-loving free people is being ‘tested’.
When a tyrant dictator attacks a neighboring state militarily, indiscriminately murdering women and children, the elderly, and seeks to destroy their freedom and leaders, should our government resolve not to be bullied, manipulated, or deceived as they were in Afghanistan by the Taliban?
“…it is dearness only that gives everything value.”
Are women, children, and elderly not ‘dear’ and ‘valued’ around the world, and to all Americans?
America, and our leaders, are at a crucial “Moment of Decision” in a perilous time for freedom and all humanity. Have we fallen to such a low moral consciousness that the fear of nuclear war and economic hardship overrides our ability to see clearly what is at stake if we do not strongly express our moral outrage at a delusional tyrant who will resort to threats and the killing of women and children to accomplish his demonic dream?
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything value. Heaven knows how to put a price upon its good; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial article as FREEDOM should not be highly valued.”
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the focus of every virtue at its testing point.”
“Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and
fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and
Doesn’t wisdom cry out? Doesn’t understanding raise her voice? On the top of high places by the way, where the paths meet, she stands. Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entry doors, she cries aloud.”
“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD
shall lift up a standard against him.”
Nehemiah 2-6 & Judges 6-7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love and a sound mind”
II Timothy 1:7
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house; Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 KJV