In December of 1776, Thomas Paine, an American Patriot, wrote these words –
“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 his country; but he that stands 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."
Paine wrote these words in the dark, cold days of winter when the enemy seemed to be invincible. General Washington crossed the Delaware with farmers and shopkeepers to face the best troops that King George had in the field. Greatly outnumbered, out trained and out gunned, Washington knew that if the Patriots failed in this battle, all would be lost.
Today, the Patriot – the common man, the farmer, the shopkeeper, is again called to face what seems to be an insurmountable foe. The enemy is well-funded. They have organized legions at their disposal. They have powerful leadership; and they boast that they cannot be stopped.
(I cannot help but think of the giant Goliath strutting back and forth as David quietly gathered stones for his sling.)
I say to Patriots everywhere, again, as did Thomas Paine – “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.”
Today, I wrote the attached letter and faxed it to the undecided members of the House of Representatives. I challenge each of you to call, email, or fax this or a similarly worded statement to your own representatives and to the others undecided members of Congress.
I know you are busy. I know you have jobs and families and responsibilities. We all do.
I know you love this Country, but if you ever intend to defend it, DO IT NOW. TODAY.
This weekend may be too late.