“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 it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

 -Thomas Paine

In January of 1776, Thomas Paine published his 50-page pamphlet, Common Sense, urging American independence.  This booklet sold over 120,000 copies in ninety days and changed the outlook of many Americans.  Sixth months later, the Declaration of Independence was unanimously adopted by the thirteen colonies.

This passage from Paine’s book applied during the bloody days of the Revolution, and it applies today.  It is simple to believe in the cause of liberty and freedom when times are easy.  When our rights are threatened and our nation is struggling, then our convictions are truly challenged.  What will you do?

God bless America.

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