These are the times. . .

I received the following Christmas message from Elias Alias, editor of Oath Keepers blog.

Thomas Paine’s message is so appropriate for these times that I wanted to share it with my readers.

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. – Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

The above is a paragraph from his famous essay. Oath Keepers posted the essay in full, with a link to every chapter. Please read this inspiring section of Thomas Paine’s immortal “The American Crisis” at Oath Keepers’ national website, where you are invited to leave your comment under the article:

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2013/12/23/thomas-paine-the-crisis-today/

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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