“These are the times that try men’s souls”. So began “The American Crisis”, penned by Thomas Paine in the days just before Christmas, 1776. Those were the darkest days of America’s
struggle for independence and freedom.
1776 had begun with high hopes as General Washington forced the British
to abandon Boston in the early spring.
Optimism soared as the Declaration of Independence was signed early that
summer. Soon after, the tide turned as
Washington’s young American army fled New York, chased by a superior enemy
force across New Jersey into the cold, bitter winds of the approaching winter.
It was after seeing the desperate conditions of the remnants of Washington’s army that Thomas Paine wrote the words of the “American Crisis”
that bound together the sick, shoeless, frozen men, inspiring them to soldier
on and carry out Washington’s surprise Christmas attack on the enemy forces at
Trenton. If not for these brave men who
refused to be ‘summer soldiers’ and ‘sunshine patriots’, the American
Revolution would surely have been lost.
Without a victory and without hope, those few remaining soldiers would
have returned to their homes after fulfilling their commitment to the army at
the end of that year. The miraculous
Christmas victory inspired the support, hope and confidence needed to continue,
and eventually win, the war for Independence.
Across America, many are feeling that we are in the dark days of a new “American Crisis”. They
are disturbed by the expansion of government and not only the contraction of
our Liberty, but the trampling of the U.S. Constitution. They worry about the future we’re leaving to
younger generations of Americans.
They’re uncomfortable with the single-minded focus of one party to ram
through their agenda without a national ‘conversation’ or debate. Here in Massachusetts we know too well the
down side to single-party rule. We need
a healthy, robust two-party system to keep balance and to keep our leaders
accountable to us rather than an ideological agenda.
In a small way we have an opportunity, like that of Washington’s army at the end of 1776, to fight a battle that has the potential
to inspire others to help get us on the path towards economic recovery and a
brighter future for America by electing Scott Brown as the next U.S. Senator
Do not be a mere ‘summer soldier’ or ‘sunshine patriot’ in this latest “American Crisis”. We do not
need to walk bare-foot through the snows, nor risk our lives in military battle
to do our part. We need only to take
time to vote by absentee ballot or at the polls on January 19th.
I urge you to join me in casting a vote for Scott Brown, an Independent voice for Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, not another rubber-stamp for the agenda of expansive and more powerful government.
Please visit BrownforUSSenate.com or call 781-444-0200 for information on how you can join the “Brown Brigade” to help elect Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate on January 19th.