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THE AMERICAN CRISIS by Thomas Paine, kicked off with its first issue on December 23, 1776, when Washington's American Revolutionary Army was in retreat across New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, barely 6 months after the famous Declaration of Independence.|
Faced with desertions, de-enlistments, and illness, the American Revolutionary Army was faced with near certain defeat with the coming of Spring 1777, and George Washington knew that the cause of American independence depended on his taking bold actions in the cold of winter, if it were to succeed at all.
Washington organized the remaining forces of the American Revolutionary Army to make three crossings across the Delaware River, to destroy the British and Hessian forces, to seize their supplies, and to prevent the encirclement of his army by his enemies. This he did in the night of December 25th to 26th. The rest is history.
Donald Trump is like a re-incarnation of George Washington.
This Christmas, notice his love for the word "Christmas", he will be liberating Americans from TAXES (then levied by the British on its colonies, not to resurface until 1913, more than a hundred years after Washington's time), taxes used to pay the British government then, but now, the banks that they own.
The first paragraph of Thomas Paine's "The American Crisis" stated:
"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 . . . I shall not now attempt to give all the particulars of our retreat to the Delaware; suffice it for the present to say, that both officers and men, though greatly harassed and fatigued, frequently without rest, covering, or provision, the inevitable consequences of a long retreat, bore it with a manly and martial spirit. All their wishes centred in one, which was, that the country would turn out and help them to drive the enemy back. Voltaire has remarked that King William never appeared to full advantage but in difficulties and in action; the same remark may be made on General Washington, for the character fits him. There is a natural firmness in some minds which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude; and I reckon it among those kind of public blessings, which we do not immediately see, that God hath blessed him with uninterrupted health, and given him a mind that can even flourish upon care."
The Trump supporters feel that they are in the midst of the Second American Revolution. And of all things, like Washington, Trump wanted to free his people from TAXES. Trump might just succeed in making America great again.