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Pondering Paine

I found myself reading this post of "The Crisis by Thomas Paine". Though at that time in our history our forefathers were engaged in a shooting war with Great Britian, the situation is not dissimiliar to our own. I am sure many of you could quote Paine, others may be less familiar with his writings. Thomas Paine fan or not, I am sure you enjoy reading or re-reading the paragraphs I selected below that I find particularly applicable to our situation today.

"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."

"Why is it that the enemy have left the
New England provinces, and made these middle ones the seat
of war? The answer is easy: New England is not infested with
Tories, and we are. I have been tender in raising the cry
against these men, and used numberless arguments to show
them their danger, but it will not do to sacrifice a world
either to their folly or their baseness. The period is now
arrived, in which either they or we must change our
sentiments, or one or both must fall. And what is a Tory?
Good God! What is he? I should not be afraid to go with a
hundred Whigs against a thousand Tories, were they to
attempt to get into arms. Every Tory is a coward; for
servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of
Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be
cruel, never can be brave."

"There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and
this is one. There are persons, too, who see not the full
extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace
themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be
merciful. It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from
those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where
conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning
of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and
we ought to guard equally against both. Howe's first object
is, partly by threats and partly by promises, to terrify or
seduce the people to deliver up their arms and receive
mercy."

"This is oursituation, and who will may know it. By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by
cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of
evils --- a ravaged country --- a depopulated city ---
habitations without safety, and slavery without hope --- "

The entire article may be read here: http://www.unitedamericanparty.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1348



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We are not alone

History shows there were many who harbor beliefs in liberty and free thinking.

Jefferson/Paine 2012... what do you say?

;)

-LF

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"Let the good heart speak words of true peace, not inciting others to further war." -- B.I.S.

Good pondering.....

Good pondering.....