These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls

June 4, 2013

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 everything its value.

The above words seem apropos to the United States of America of this day, yet they were penned by Thomas Paine December 23, 1776.

Racists call for “diversity”, a concept anathema to a united people. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others worked for “integration”.


  • the act of combining or adding parts to make a unified whole
  • the act of amalgamating a racial or religious group with an existing community
  • the combination of previously racially segregated social facilities into a nonsegregated system
  • to make or be made into a whole; incorporate or be incorporated

“…Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” — Jesus Christ, Matthew 12:25

At this time in our history, there is public discussion around states seceding from the union, another civil war.

We recently commemorated our war dead and it is necessary I point out this sobering fact: we killed more of ourselves during our Great Civil War than all foreign enemies COMBINED! We remain our own worst enemy. No, my fellow Americans, civil war and secession from the union are not viable options. However, there is one viable option and I see it coming our way – the next ‘great awakening’.

“I often note with equal pleasure that God gave this one connected country to one united people — a people descended from the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in manners and customs, who by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side through a long bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.” — John Jay, Federalist No. 2, 1787

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