Christmas 2011 vs Christmas 1776: These Are The Times That Try Men’s Soul
Traditionally Christmas is about faith, joy, gift giving, family, friends and the birth of Jesus Christ 2011 years ago. But we should also celebrate a Christmas 235 years ago, when brave Americans risked everything against formidable odds, to fight a pivotal battle against the most powerful army in the world. In that victory they helped in the defeat of an oppressive monarchy and prove that the U.S.A. is the greatest nation on earth.
In the dead of night during a ferocious hail and sleet storm on December 25, 1776, George Washington led a column of 2,400 Continental Army troops across the icy Delaware River and marched 9 miles to Trenton, New Jersey. There, in a surprise attack they routed and defeated a garrison of 1500 enemy soldiers and secured a turning point in the American Revolutionary War. The password for the attack was, “Victory or Death”.
The Continental Army was made up of farmers, sailors, shop owners, fisherman and laborers, who banded together to fight the tyranny of the King of England to end the oppressive taxes and domination. Their morale was boosted by the writings of Thomas Paine’s, Common Sense and The Crisis.
December 23, 1776
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.
This Christmas we have reached that critical juncture again, where the powerful elitists in Washington have lost their way and like King George, believe that everything we citizens work for is theirs to take and control.
It is time for another American Revolution, not with muskets and gun powder but with email, telephone, fax and the ballot box. We must mobilize and let those elected to office who are supposed to listen to us, know that shortly they will be replaced by more honest congressman, who do the people’s bidding and not soley their own.
Have a Merry Christmas and think about those brave men 235 years ago and those in the military at this moment, far from home and their loved ones, standing watch and defending our liberty.