The power of words: Common Sense

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Note that this post was originally published in 1-9-13

On this day in 1776 Thomas Paine published his pamphlet “Common Sense.”  This 47-page pamphlet made the arguments in favor of American independence.  Mr. Paine’s use of plain language spoke to the common people of America. It was also the first published pamphlet that openly argued for independence.  The powerful words of Mr. Paine helped galvanize a movement that before Common Sense was published was a scattered grumbling at best.

Paine fundamentally changed the tenor of colonists’ argument with the crown when he wrote the following:  “Europe, and not England, is the parent country of America.  This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe.  Hither they have fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.”

H/T History.com

The power of words.  We must remember this when writing our articles.  The power of words can unite or divide.  They can turn a mob into a movement.  They can restore a republic.  In the next four years we’re going to face some serious challenges as a nation.  We going to see our constitution ignored.  We’re going to see more liberties stripped away from us.  And we’re going to see our beloved America begin to unravel.  The power of words can turn this around.  Think about the letter that former U.S. Marine Joshua Boston wrote to Senator Feinstein and the power of his words.

Senator Dianne Feinstein,

I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.

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I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joshua Boston

H/T Daily News

The words in this letter went viral because it resonated with people.  It not only challenged her perceived authority on this matter, but it highlighted her arrogance.  It reminded people who we were as a people.  This is the power of words and how it can change the narrative.  This letter put Senator Feinstein on the defense and made her look smaller in the eyes of many.  Each day we write and publish articles that cover a wide variety of topics.  We do our best with each topic, but do our words really resonate with the people?  Are they powerful and factually sound?  I believe in the power of words.  I believe that each of us are using words each day to try to save the republic.  We must be make sure our efforts are meaningful and our words resonate with the people.  We must like Thomas Paine use the power of words to ignite a movement to restore the republic.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  Sentry Journal

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The Sunshine Patriot: When it becomes personal

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How many of you know conservatives or people who claim they want to do the necessary things to save the republic?  They spout off about reining in the government and cutting spending.   They demand entitlement reform and a government that functions within the scope of its constitutional parameters.  They slam politicians who tax and spend and wave Gadsden Flags to show their patriotic spirit.  Yes that’s right they talk the talk that is until it becomes personal or in some way impacts them.  These are the modern day “sunshine patriots” that Thomas Paine spoke of back during that difficult winter of 1776.

“These are 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.”

These are the people who want our problems solved but are unwilling to step up if it directly impacts them.  They want entitlement reform as long as it doesn’t affect them.  They want to cut the deficit as long as it doesn’t take from them.  And finally they want the constitution enforced as long as it’s clean with low impact.  In our current crisis, they do indeed shrink from the service of their country.  They are cowards of the worst sort.  I know plenty of people just like this and the recent government shutdown threat this past weekend flushed many of them out.

These people have become addicted to the government cheese and don’t even realize how dependent they are on the federal government.  They are farmers, corporations, veterans, government employees, welfare recipients, neighbors, friends, and family members.  They rely on a functioning government to continue to feed an addiction they have yet to acknowledge.  Many of these folks claim to want to fix the things that are wrong with government, and yet are the first to compromise their principles when it directly affects them.  They live in an illusion, convincing themselves that they are part of the solution never realizing that they too are part of the problem.  They want reform to be painless and non-intrusive.  They are more afraid of losing what they have today than the current spending path that leads to a bankrupt nation and future.  It’s easier just to kick the can down the road than deal with the now.  If it means compromising with socialists who call themselves Democrats they will do so.

This is the reality we face as conservatives; a reality where many so called conservatives are addicted to the government cheese in some shape or form.  These “sunshine patriots” do not have the same convictions as our founders who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to break the chains that bound them to an overbearing intrusive government that their lives were shackled to.  When presented with the choice to save the republic or save themselves, they choose the latter and demand that we find common ground with a authoritarian entity that desires us to trade our liberty for security.  Trading our liberty for security is not the path to prosperity and freedom; but instead a road towards serfdom and slavery.  And the inescapable truth is these “sunshine patriots” do more to hurt our cause than advance it.  They’re phony and it’s time we start seeing it for what it is.

Remember the final words of quote from Thomas Paine, “but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”  It’s time to stand up for our constitution and our republic and not shrink from the service of our country.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post: The Sentry Journal

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The American Crisis

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From 1776 to 1783 Thomas Paine published sixteen pamphlets known as The American Crisis.  These pamphlets were crafted to inspire the colonists during the turbulent times of the American Revolution.  The first was released on December 23, 1776.  What makes this pamphlet so vital in our country’s history is that Thomas Paine crafted the right words for the right time during the early days of our struggle for independence.  Those words inspired General Washington into action.  The pamphlet, was read aloud to the Continental army on December 23, 1776, two days before the Battle of Trenton.  The first paragraph from it was a call for courage and perseverance.

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. 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. 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.

It was December 1776 and all appeared lost after the Continental Army met with defeat after defeat against a better trained and more organized enemy.  The British felt the rebellion was crushed and George Washington was nothing more than an annoyance.  Below is an excerpt from the New World Encyclopedia

“General Washington was faced with overwhelming military odds and the certain destruction of the American colonies’ quest for independence. Twelve thousand British troops were slowed only by weather in their unopposed advance across New Jersey. Facing separate army groups under the seasoned commands of British Generals Howe, and Cornwallis, Washington knew his options were limited. A keen student of history and a former officer of the Virginia Regiment in the British Army, George Washington was well aware this enemy had not lost a war in centuries.”

“His remaining 2,400 men on the western bank of the Delaware River huddled nine miles north of the Hessian encampment at Trenton had few choices. They were surrounded by unfriendly locals who believed the revolution all but lost, and tradesmen unwilling to extend credit. They were cold and hungry and for many their enlistments were up in less than one week. In the face of certain and permanent defeat, Washington chose Christmas Day, 1776, to sling his stone at the goliath’s forehead.”

I have chosen this precise moment in our nation’s history because the events and actions of patriots in the past can still inspire the American spirit.  George Washington and his 2,400 men on that cold December day decided that liberty, freedom, and self governance were worth fighting for.  With scarce provisions, little food, and inadequate winter clothes, they attacked and defeated a better trained Hessian force against all the odds.  We are all blessed that such men lived.

Today an oppressive wind is blowing from the East and Americans are standing at a crossroads and must again decide if liberty, freedom, and self governance are worth fighting for.  Our economy is a mess.  Our politicians are corrupt.  And many feel that we have lost our way.  Has the great experiment failed us or have we failed it?  I can’t help but return to the words of Thomas Paine; “These are the times that try men’s souls.”  Do you have the courage and perseverance to see this through?  Are you willing to stand up for the Republic and the Constitution?  Or do you shrink from the service of your country?

These are questions you must ask yourself, because America is indeed in crisis again.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post: The Current

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