A New Year’s Resolution

A New Year's Resolution

On December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine published his pamphlet “Crisis.” He had witnessed the condition of the patriot army and their sinking ambition for the cause of freedom. thomas_paine-2_0

He wrote that, “The deplorable and melancholy condition the people were in, afraid to speak and almost to think, the public presses stopped, and nothing in circulation but fears and false hoods,” led him “in a passion of patriotism” to quickly publish his American “Crisis.”John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.” He later wrote, “I could not have written any thing in so manly and striking a style.”

The “Crisis” reminded Americans about the difference between society and government, and that  “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 rated.”

Crisis By Thomas Paine

After reading “Crisis’ one would hope it would remind all of us about the “difference between society and government” and stir the cause of freedom within us.

As we contemplate our New Year’s resolutions, let’s include a commitment to defend our freedoms and our children’s freedoms.

God bless you! And God bless this wonderful Country!!


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