In December, 1776, the Continental Army under George Washington’s army had been pushed back all the previous summer and fall from losing Manhattan through New Jersey, and had barely escaped from pursuing British forces by crossing from New Jersey into Pennsylvania across the Delaware River on December 8. The army was hungry, ill-provisioned, sick, and disheartened. In just a few weeks, the enlistment terms of the army would be finished. It looked like the cause of American independence was doomed.
In the cold at camp, Thomas Paine, author of the best-selling pamphlet, Common Sense, sat next to a campfire with the army in its retreat, penned another pamphlet on the head of a drum. He called it The American Crisis. He had it published on December 19 in The Pennsylvania Journal. As Washington developed his bold plan to cross the Delaware River in the dead of night during a terrible winter storm on Christmas, he had Paine’s pamphlet read to his men on December 23:
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 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.
During that long cold night, two soldiers died of exposure on the nine mile march from the river to Trenton. It is said that the army left bloody footprints in the snow from their cloth-wrapped feet as they marched to surprise and defeat the Hessian mercenaries, delivering a blow that saved the Revolution and ensured that Americans are free today.
As I write this in December, 2020, America is once again in crisis.
American liberty lovers have been dealt many blows. Communists, globalists, and the Deep State have won victory after victory against liberty.
The universities and educational establishments have been captured, cranking out brainwashed young people who have been taught to hate America and liberty and love the failed communist dream as something to be pursued. Almost every one of our institutions is in the hands of America-hating globalists, communists, and cronies. Big Pharma and their captured bureaucracies have unleashed the most comprehensive propaganda campaign in American history designed to destroy our liberty and happiness. Our children are being taught to think that boys can become girls and vice versa if they want to. Big tech and the media is suppressing speech like never before and the cancel culture emulating the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution is as virulent as anything ever seen in America. Our law enforcement is under attack by those who desire to get away with violent assaults on us.
And on top of all that, the forces of evil are attempting to steal the presidential election, something that if accomplished is likely to create a civil war, destroy the Union and the liberty of hundreds of millions for generations to come.
Once again, against long odds, liberty champions are doing what they can to defend liberty by stopping the coup against the presidency. A bold constitutional plan, which I call the Rutherford Hayes strategy, has already been started.
May we honor the past sacrifices for liberty that so many have made. Let us do so by in the dead of winter, stopping the steal now. Let us do so by persuading the GOP legislators of PA, MI, GA, AZ, and WI to directly select the Trump electors which have already voted for him.
And if you want some inspirational words to prepare for our crisis, check out the entire text of The Crisis read to Washington’s troops 244 years ago, today.
Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom. It is a very serious consideration that millions yet unborn may be miserable sharers of the event.
Tom Glass lives in Northwest Harris County. Click here to reach his email. He is also on Facebook as Tom G Glass. He leads a group called Texas Constitutional Enforcement which can be explored at its website or Facebook group. And given the recent Facebook censorship, there are now Texas Constitutional Enforcement groups on Texan owned and operated Freedom Lake and Blabbook, as well as MeWe and Wimkin.