The words of Thomas Paine are very relevant to the problems we are facing today. Constantine explains – Burkasrugly
Thomas Paine penned the words to The Crisis on December 23, 1776. This was
the first of many essays to follow during the American Revolutionary War. The winter of 1777 marked a low point in the morale of the Continental Army. That winter in Valley Forge George Washington assembled his pitiful little Army and had Tom Paine’s Crisis read to them.
“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 who 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.”
These words of Thomas Paine have the ring of relevancy even yet today. These
phrases are contemporaneous with the present political situation. In this war with Islamic extremism everything in our culture is at stake. We are not fighting 18th Century British gentleman who attended Eaton and who abided by the rules of civilized warfare. Today these are sadistic savages who prey on women, children, the infirm and the aged. Hell has literally erupted through the surface of the earth and threatens to incinerate all of us. A new and sinister dark age is coming upon us. At all costs these barbarians must be defeated and driven back into their hell holes. We are in danger of losing our families. Our wives and daughters may become Islamic concubines unless we prevail over these monsters. Our sons will become slaves. The Church, the great civilizing force of the West, could disappear in four or five generations. We are indeed fighting both Hell and tyranny simultaneously.
In the early 21st Century we are once again experiencing the times that try men’s souls. People have told me if we are unable to unseat Obama at the polls that they will just give up. Our country will need us more than ever if the far Left continues to ally itself with a blood thirsty militant Islam. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will fade away if this happens. But we must develop resolve and determination to soldier on in spite of all difficulties. Failure is not an option. We must dig deep within ourselves to find the rare courage that says, “No surrender, no negotiation, no submission. Victory must be our solitary goal. There is, indeed, no substitute for victory.”
In hoc signo vinces,
COURAGE, the virtue without which all the others are meaningless.