Perhaps we don’t need a new Thomas Paine….we just need to recall and reflect on the man who even today represents the soul and conscience of the American experience. (Inspiration to reprint these words come from Tom Delay’s post at Redstate.com tonight following the President’s speech.)
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.
The future of America is at hand.