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 every thing 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.
Thomas Paine: The Crisis. December 1776
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
On the Fourth of July I did a post that has thus far engendered over 300 comments. I claim no credit for the video, mind you, but I am responsible for posting it. That responsibility means I am notified with (and read) each comment. Setting aside the troll visits the comments have been enlightening.
That process, and the process ongoing now is DC, have melded in my head a bit. Toss in this being the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the admixture has me scratching my head in curiosity or shaking it in wonder much of the time.
So… In the spirit of sharing with everyone That Damn Song I can’t get of of my head; Is common sense a thing of the past, as lost and useless as knapping flint in the iron age?