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.  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…