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.
These are Paine's words from the beginning of a series of speeches and essays that he wrote about the plight of the colonies and our fledgling country breaking away from the grip that England held upon them.
Many of the things that Paine writes about have meaning to us now, 231 years later, because what it seems that the current government is doing to the people similar things.
This light reading for the weekend. I invite you to the site where all of Paine's works are archived. THIS SITE has the essays and articles of Thomas Paine. His most famous was "Common Sense", but he wrote wa series of articles over a period of time called "The Crisis". I invite you to read at your liesure.
The point of this exercise is to hopefully let the reader see that the public citizen holds in their own hands the toolds to affect change.
As this reverts to my goal here at this Peace blog, I hope it inspires some to take more action and help stop the war.