From the February 2010 Idaho Observer:

The Crisis

Washington crossed the Delaware River into Pennsylvania; it was on December 7, 1776. The British were close behind. Our militia was tired and haggard. On December 18, Washington informed his brother, “If every nerve is not strained to recruit the new army… I think the game is pretty near up.” An Englishman who had come to America on the advice of Benjamin Franklin named Thomas Paine called this “The Crisis” and wrote:

“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.”

This Crisis of December 1776 was one of great consequence. This is one of the great turning pints in the history of our great Country! We now stand at a similar place. Thomas Paine’s advice still holds true. The question is, are you a sunshine patriot or a summer soldier, a True American Patriot?

James Booth
Montgomery State Prison
Mt. Vernon, Ga

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