On December 25th, 1776, courageous
American patriots struggled to free a country which
was but a dream.
The mud and many miles of the Continental
Army’s three-month retreat had long since rotted the
soldier’s leather boots, so many wrapped their feet
in rope and burlap to dull winter’s chill.
Weakened by starvation, with their cause
appearing hopeless, they found supernatural
inspiration in Thomas Paine’s words.
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
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
By the grace of God, a rag-tag mob of emaciated
farmers and merchants crossed the Delaware River and
defeated the most powerful military force of the
Over the years, generations of Americans answered
this same call of duty; defending a nation founded
on liberty and limited government.
From Normandy to Iwo Jima to Fallujah to
Benghazi, ordinary men have accomplished
extraordinary tasks all to preserve Paine’s
celestial article called freedom.
This intoxicating yearning to be free still
exists today, yet it appears more cherished in
countries held prisoner by totalitarian regimes
rather than the nation which birthed the very idea.
week, a North Korean special forces soldier risked
his life to sprint across the DMZ.
to liberty was purchased at the price of five
gunshot wounds and today he lies in critical
condition in a South Korean hospital.
It wasn’t a yearning for universal
healthcare, social justice, or concern for climate
change which prompted this young man to risk his
It was freedom, and this brings me to my point.
Liberty’s greatest danger does not lie across
the seas, rather it resides right here at home.
America haters, the progressives, own the
Democrat party, half the Republicans, all of
academia, the media and the entertainment cartel.
None of this ruling class will run through a
wall of bullets for freedom; the cost is too great
and prize too small.
Futile heroism is for the little people.
Progressivism is destroying America, so once
again, these are the times which try men’s souls.