I don’t have to tell you there are many crises facing our country at this present time. We have immense and seemingly insurmountable debt that is outpacing our economic growth. We have an unsecured southern border and are freely allowing illegal aliens to be dispersed all across our nation — while their children attend our schools at a cost to us of $761 million. We are creating dreams for illegals, all the while watching the dreams of our own children and grandchildren slip away — the American dream. Our workforce participation is dire and more Americans are struggling with two and three part time jobs in order to make ends meet, while their wages are depressed and food and gas commodity prices rise — since we’re printing money to sustain a failing economy.We’ve been forced to witness a new scourge of barbarism and have seen two of our fellow Americans savagely beheaded — yet we have no response — well, Americans have a response, but we are leaderless.
It sure seems as though we should be depressed, despondent, defeated, dejected, in despair, discouraged, and disoriented — funny how all these “D” words come from the rule of the progressive socialists of the Democrat party.Well, it all reminds me of the early days of our struggle for independence against the greatest power the world knew at that time, Britain — “Rule Brittania, Brittania rule the waves.” However, somehow, some way, that poor motley frozen band gathered at Valley Forge found a way, and that indomitable spirit prevails in us today. And as we begin this new work week, I just wanted to give you a boost to let you know just how great and exceptional we Americans truly are.
I want to share with you the opening words of Thomas Paine from his pamphlet series, “The Crisis” — which is what we face — and encourage you to gird yourselves for victory and triumph. While it may seem we are on the precipice of disaster — I believe we are on the verge of greatness, a resurgence, a restoration of our Republic through a recommitment to our Constitutional principles and values and reclaiming our American pride and exceptionalism. Yes, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph!
Buck up, ready yourselves and be a part of something for which the history books will record for millennia. Let’s cross the frozen Delaware River together.
December 23, 1776
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 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.