THE AMERICAN 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.
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.
'Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes
run through a country.
All nations and ages have been subject to them.
Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses;
they produce as much good as hurt.
Their duration is always short; the mind soon
grows through them, and acquires a firmer
habit than before.
But their peculiar advantage is, that they are
the touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy,
and bring things and men to light,
which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered.
In fact, they have the same effect on secret traitors,
which an imaginary apparition would have upon a
They sift out the hidden thoughts of man,
and hold them up in public to the world.
A man can distinguish himself between temper and
principle, and I am as confident, as I am that God
governs the world, that America will never be happy
till she gets clear of foreign dominion.
Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period
arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror;
for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine,
the coal can never expire.
I turn with the warm ardor of a friend to those who have
nobly stood, and are yet determined to stand the matter out:
I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state,
but on every state: up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel;
better have too much force than too little, when so great an object
is at stake.
Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter,
when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city
and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth
to meet and to repulse it.
Say not that thousands are gone, turn out your tens of thousands;
throw not the burden of the day upon Providence,
but "show your faith by your works," that God may bless you.
It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold,
the evil or the blessing will reach you all.
The far and the near, the home counties and the back,
the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike.
The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children
will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when
a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather
strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart
is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue
his principles unto death.
My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as
a ray of light.
Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could
have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder;
but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property,
and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to
"bind me in all cases whatsoever" to his absolute will, am I to suffer it?
What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a
common man; my countryman or not my countryman;
whether it be done by an individual villain, or an army of them?
If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference;
neither can any just cause be assigned why we should punish
in the one case and pardon in the other.
Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it;
but I should suffer the misery of devils,
were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance
to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn,
worthless, brutish man.
I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from
a being, who at the last day shall be shrieking to the rocks
and mountains to cover him, and fleeing with terror from
the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America.
~ THOMAS PAYNE
MARCH 16, 2016
ALMOST 240 YEARS HAVE NOW PASSED.
PAYNE COULD NOT HAVE KNOWN HIS WORDS WOULD RING TRUER TODAY THAN THEN.
"TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS..."
READING FROM 18 OR MORE MAJOR NEWS SOURCES EACH DAY, MANY "HOMETOWN" NEWSPAPERS HERE AND ABROAD, WATCHING EVENTS UNFOLD EACH DAY, I CAN SEE SUCH TIMES ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE, IN EVERY SMALL TOWN, EVERY MAJOR CITY, EVERY NATION, EVERY PEOPLE.
FACTS HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY INDOCTRINATION, PAID PROPAGANDA...HE WITH THE MOST MONEY DICTATES EVERYTHING FROM 'POLICY' TO 'PROPER THOUGHT', THE MASSES TOLD WHAT TO THINK, NOT TOLD THE TRUTH FOR FEAR OF SETTING OFF "BLIND PANIC" OR REBELLION, TOLD WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS WRONG, WHO IS MOST LIKE "US" AND WHO IS NOT, WHAT TO FEAR, WHAT TO DO ABOUT FEAR, WHO TO VOTE FOR AND A MILLION ILLOGICAL, CONTROLLING REASONS WHY TO ALL OF THE ABOVE.
AS ONE YOUNG MAN PUT IT:
"Indoctrination in education is a cancer that kills the inquisitive and renders the intellect paralyzed. It’s unfortunate that the scientific methodology is being dominated by political entities.
There will never be a conflict between science and my faith.
But the perpetrators who have twisted the scientific system to their gains will always be a challenge to my moral values regarding truth, integrity, justice, equality and desire to have an educational environment that is free from indoctrination."
WE MIGHT SAY EDUCATION IS BEING DOMINATED BY POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ENTITIES, AS ONE FUNDS THE OTHER.
WHERE WOULD POLITICIANS BE WITHOUT 'BENEFACTORS'?
OR UNIVERSITIES BUILT WITH "OLD MONEY" WITHOUT THAT MONEY?
WHERE WOULD BENEFACTORS BE WITHOUT POLITICIANS WHO OWE THEM, OR WITHOUT THEIR FUNDED 'HALLS OF HIGHER LEARNING' TO MANIPULATE YOUNG MINDS TO SUIT THEM?
WAR IS EVERYWHERE.
WE HAVE MILITARY WARS, BUT ALSO RACE WARS, CLASS WARS, A WAR ON DRUGS AND ANY OTHER CHOSEN SOCIAL PROBLEM, A WAR OF WORDS, A POLITICAL WAR THAT IS REALLY HEATING UP, A WAR OF "INTELLECTUALS"/SCIENCE VERSUS THE RELIGIOUS, A WAR OF MAN AGAINST "NATURE", A WAR AGAINST INDEPENDENCE WAGED BY THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE THE ENTIRE WORLD POPULATION DEPENDENT ON ONE SMALL GROUP OF TYRANTS, AND A WAR FOR HUMAN MINDS, FOR CONTROL OF THOSE MINDS.
WE HAVE MANY OF THESE WARS BECAUSE WE'VE LOST THE COURAGE AND DETERMINATION, THE GUTS, IF YOU WILL, AND THE COMMON SENSE NOT TO MAKE WAR ANYMORE.
TOO MANY WOULD RATHER FIGHT THAN LEAVE OTHERS ALONE TO LIVE AS THEY SEE FIT WHERE THERE IS NO CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, NO GENOCIDE, NO ENSLAVEMENT...JUST PEOPLE WHO SEE THINGS IN ANOTHER LIGHT, PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH THE "AMERICAN DREAM".
WE'VE LEARNED NOTHING FROM HISTORY AND SO CONTINUE TO REPEAT THE SAME OLD MISTAKES EVERY TIME WE HAVE A CHOICE.
AS I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES, ONE DEFINITION OF INSANITY IS TO DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER, EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT.
THOSE WHO FIGHT TO MERELY SURVIVE, FOR FOOD, WATER, HEALTH, FREEDOM FROM THOSE WHO TERRORIZE THEM CONTINUALLY, PERHAPS THEIRS IS THE ONLY JUST 'WAR'?
BUT THEN WE MUST ASK...WHO SEES AMERICA AS A TERRORIST NATION?
IS America today of the same independent mindset, the same moral fiber, the same integrity, the same anything as America was in, say, 1800, 1900?
ARE Americans today the same Americans of whom it was said in the 1940S-1950s that "A man's word is his bond?"
Are there still Americans who would walk miles to help out a neighbor who was 'down on his luck'?
ARE THERE YET A MAJORITY OF...
Americans who still realize THEY come from immigrant stock (Unless their ancestry includes Indigenous Tribesmen)?
Americans who DEMAND honesty from one another and would be honest even if it hurt them, who hold personal honor as dear?
Americans who stand firmly for their Constitutional rights, their American liberties, free speech, freedom to worship as they please and not be condemned or ridiculed for that worship?
Americans who do NOT agree with "empire-building" because they remember those who fought against the greatest empire on earth to win America and they AGREE with those old rebels of the 1700s?
WHO ARE WE TODAY?
WHAT DO THE MAJORITY VALUE MOST?
IN THE SOLE OPINION OF THE TEA ROOM, HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT SHOULD TROUBLE AMERICANS, THAT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE TROUBLED THE FIRST PEOPLE WHO COULD CALL THEMSELVES AMERICANS AFTER THE NATION WAS FOUNDED...
1~ WE KILL THE HELPLESS
Despite the absolute, indisputable and unarguable fact that Planned Parenthood was completely exposed in 2015 for trafficking the organs of a huge number of babies they were responsible for ending the lives of, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the film-makers who uncovered these UNQUESTIONABLE CRIMES being committed by Planned Parenthood, were charged with felonies.
IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW THEY UNCOVERED THE TRUTH, THE TRUTH WAS UNCOVERED.
Meanwhile, as PAYMENT for their CRIMES OF TRAFFICKING HUMAN ORGANS, Planned Parenthood was given $500 million MORE of the American taxpayers' money BY CONGRESS to continue KILLING the HELPLESS and CONTINUE TO SELL THE ORGANS AND TISSUES OF UNBORN BABIES.
LET'S FACE IT, EVEN THOSE OF US WHO HAVE HAD ABORTIONS OR HAVE BEEN THE PHYSICIANS WHO TERMINATED HUMAN LIFE, MURDER BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL MURDER.
IT'S NOT UNFORGIVABLE, MAY BE 'MEDICALLY NECESSARY' FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THE 'MOTHER', BUT IT IS MURDER.
IN AMERICA, SINCE 1973, ABOUT 58 MILLION UNBORN HUMAN BEINGS HAVE BEEN RECORDED AS TERMINATED, ERASED, DELETED BY ABORTION.
THEY WERE SIMPLY DISPOSED OF.
THIS DOES NOT COUNT THOSE WHO WERE TERMINATED BY A MORNING-AFTER PILL OR BY OTHER "HOME REMEDY" MEANS OF ABORTION.
THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE INFAMOUS "BACK-ALLEY ABORTIONS" SO PREVALENT DURING THE 1950S- 1973.
EVEN IN WAR, THE TAKING OF ANOTHER LIFE IS STILL MURDER, EVEN IN CASES OF SELF-DEFENSE, WHICH WE CALL "JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE"...IT'S MURDER AND WE DO A LOT OF IT.
AND JUST 'FYI', I AM AS GUILTY AS ANYONE.
THAT'S THE ONLY REASON I CAN CALL IT WHAT IS, FINGER POINTED AT A MIRROR, JUST THE PURE TRUTH.
A NATION THAT IS JUST FINE WITH KILLING ONE MILLION OR MORE HUMAN BEINGS EVERY YEAR IS A NATION WITHOUT A TRUE MORAL FIBER...MY OPINION, WHICH I CLAIM AS MY RIGHT SO LONG AS I BREATHE, WITH NO HUMAN CAPABLE OF TAKING IT FROM ME.
IF AMERICA KILLED ONE MILLION MEMBERS OF ISIS/ISIL PER YEAR, MANY WOULD SCREAM, "GENOCIDE!"
2~ WE INCESSANTLY BLAME "OTHERS" FOR OUR WOES.
WAY BACK IN AMERICAN HISTORY, THE 'INDIANS' GOT THE BLAME, THE 'SAVAGES', THEN THE FREED AFRICAN SLAVES,THEN THE CHINESE AND IRISH AND ITALIANS AND JEWS, THE "DIRT-POOR" OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION ERA, THE UNEDUCATED, THEN THE MEXICANS (90% OF WHOM ARE DESCENDED FROM INDIGENOUS TRIBES, BTW), AND NOW IT'S JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY WHO CAN'T CLAIM KINSHIP TO THOSE ILLUSTRIOUS "FOUNDING FATHERS"...THE 'LANDED GENTRY' WHO, BTW, WERE SLAVE-OWNERS BY VAST MAJORITY.
THE RICH BLAME THE POOR, THE POOR BLAME 'THE SYSTEM' OR THE RICH, THE DEMOCRATS BLAME REPUBLICANS AND VICE VERSA (VICE VERSA ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE FOLLOWING AS WELL), THE SELF-PROCLAIMED 'INTELLECTUALS' BLAME THE UNSCHOOLED, THE EVOLUTIONISTS BLAME THE CREATIONISTS, THE AGNOSTICS AND ATHEISTS BLAME THE RELIGIOUS, THE WHITES BLAME THE OTHER RACES, RURAL FOLKS BLAME URBANITES, EVERYBODY BLAMES SOMEBODY, AND FEW, TOO FEW BLAME THE PERSON IN THE MIRROR OR THE DISHONESTY AND CORRUPTION OF OUR DETERIORATING, DISHONORABLE, APATHETIC, DUMBED-DOWN, GROUP-THINK SOCIETY.
CHANGE, ALL CHANGE, ANY CHANGE, MUST BEGIN WITHIN THE INDIVIDUAL, BUT WE'VE GIVEN AWAY OUR INDIVIDUALITY AND TRADED IT FOR ABSOLUTE CRAP...LIKE "SECURITY", POPULARITY, BEING SEEN AS A TEAM PLAYER, GETTING A LEG-UP ON THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC OR POLITICAL LADDER, ETC.
SOME OF US ARE, LET'S FACE IT, SIMPLY TOO LAZY TO MAKE A CHANGE IN SELF.
OTHERS ARE NEVER GOING TO ADMIT SELF NEEDS CHANGING.
STILL OTHERS ARE TERRIFIED OF CHANGE.
AND SO AMERICANS POINT TO EACH OTHER AND SAY, "YOU REALLY NEED TO CHANGE."
THAT HASN'T WORKED IN ROUGHLY 6,000 TO 10,000 YEARS OF RECORDED HISTORY (DEPENDING ON WHICH SOURCE ONE ACCEPTS) AS ONE EMPIRE AFTER ANOTHER FELL INTO RUIN WHILE TRYING TO FORCE CHANGE IN OTHERS...BY CONQUEST OR THREAT OR BRIBE.
3~ WE ACCEPT A FEUDAL SYSTEM OF UNENDING SERVITUDE AND DEBT.
"NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!"
REMEMBER THAT CRY?
BUT WE'VE ACCEPTED EVERY TAX LEVIED AGAINST US SINCE THEN, HAVEN'T WE?
THE INCOME TAX MAY BE THE WORST, UNLESS YOU WERE SOMEONE WHO HAD TO PAY A "POLL TAX" BACK IN THE 'OLD DAYS'.
TODAY WE PAY TAXES ON EVERYTHING WITHOUT MORE THAN MAYBE A WHIMPER OR A MUMBLE.
CONGRESS RAISES TAXES, WE'RE OKAY WITH THAT.
WE GET TAXED TO BAIL OUT WALL STREET, HELP AN AMERICAN COMPANY MOVE TO CHINA, BUILD A SEWER SYSTEM FOR EGYPT, PAY OVER $800 FOR A SCREWDRIVER FOR THE PENTAGON...FINE, JUST FINE.
AND WHO DEMANDS HIGHER WAGES TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THE NEW DEBT WE'RE EXPECTED TO PAY AND PAY AND PAY?
AMERICANS ARE SEVERELY UNDERPAID WHEN COMPARED TO OTHER "LEADING" NATIONS, BUT CONGRESS HATES THE VERY THOUGHT OF RAISING MINIMUM WAGE, SO THEY DON'T, AND WE JUST KEEP BEING OKAY WITH THAT.
THE DAMNABLE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS MADE SURE WE ALL STAY IN DEBT.
WE'VE ALLOWED THAT PRIVATE CORPORATION TO CALL THE SHOTS FOR ALMOST A CENTURY NOW, PRINT MONEY AT WILL, DO AWAY WITH THE GOLD STANDARD, HANDLE ALL OUR FINANCES, RAISE INTEREST RATES AT WILL, JUST RUN THE SHOW.
AND THE SERFS (THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS) KEEP BANGING AWAY AT JOBS THAT PAY CRAP BUT THAT WE'RE SCARED OF LOSING, JOBS THAT WILL NEVER PAY US ENOUGH TO REALIZE THE MYTHICAL "AMERICAN DREAM".
WE'VE BASICALLY AGREED TO PROVIDE OUR BACKS AND OUR CHILDREN'S BACKS TO BEAR THE BURDENS OF THE COST OF RUNNING THE ENTIRE NATION.
YES, YES, WE WILL CARRY THE FEDERAL DEBT ON OUR SHOULDERS FOR CHEAP!
PLEASE USE US UNTIL WE'RE ALL USED UP.
PLEASE, PLEASE, LET US HAVE NO WAY TO EVER CRAWL OUT OF DEBT!
TAX OUR HOMES, VEHICLES, EVERYTHING!
TAKE THEM AWAY FROM US IF WE FAIL TO PAY OUR TAXES!
MAKE US PAY FOR LICENSES TO DRIVE THE CARS WE WILL NEVER REALLY OWN, LICENSES TO MARRY, LICENSES FOR OUR PETS, LICENSES TO RUN A SMALL, HOME BUSINESS, LICENSES TO HUNT AND FISH, CHARGE US FOR PASSPORTS.
JUST TAX AND LICENSE US UNTIL WE DROP DEAD AND THEN MAKE SURE WE HAVE A LICENSED FUNERAL DIRECTOR TO PUT US IN THE LICENSED GROUND AND CHARGE OUR SURVIVORS AN EXORBITANT FEE TO PROBATE OUR WILLS, IF WE COULD AFFORD A LAWYER TO HELP US MAKE A LEGAL WILL THAT WILL STAND UP IN COURT AGAINST THE VULTURES WHO WILL GATHER OVER OUR REMAINS..."CREDITORS" WHO CAN AND DO APPEAR FROM NOWHERE, MANY ATTACHED TO FEDERAL OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS... BECAUSE THEY HAVE LICENSES TO DO SO.
WE ARE THE SERFDOM!
PLEASE MAKE US PAY TO LIVE!
AND, PRETTY PLEASE, MAKE US PAY FOR THOSE WHO "PROVIDE US" OUR JOBS TO PROFIT!
4~ WE FORGOT THAT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A NATION WITH A GOVERNMENT "OF, FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE"!
WE HAVE OUR "LEADERS", GLORIOUS AND RIGHTEOUS AND CARING LEADERS WHO WILL TELL US WHAT TO DO AND WHEN AND HOW...FOREVER.
"REIGN, O KINGS OF COMMERCE AND POLITICS!"
"PROTECT US, GODS OF WAR!"
IT IS WE, THE PEOPLE, WHO ARE BEHOLDEN TO YOU, GREAT ONES!
LET US NOT OFFEND YOU BY DEMANDING THAT YOU SERVE US...AS WE ONCE DEMANDED, LONG, LONG AGO.
THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING THAT "ELECTORAL COLLEGE" THAT WAS FIRST INSTITUTED BECAUSE THE FOUNDING MASTERS CONSIDERED THE MAJORITY TOO DUMB TO VOTE.
YES, PLEASE DO GERRYMANDER TO KEEP US IN YOUR FAVORED POLITICAL ALIGNMENT AND NOT JEOPARDIZE YOUR ILLUSTRIOUS POSITIONS OVER US!
YES, MAKE STRANGE, CONSTITUTIONALLY ILLEGAL RULES SO THAT SOME OF US CANNOT VOTE, OR HAVE A HELLUVA TIME PROVING WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE.
AMEN AND AMEN, O SWEET SHEPHERDS, LEAD THE FLOCK OVER THE CLIFFS TO RUIN!
YOU RULE, NOT US, NOT WE, THE PEOPLE.
ROCK ON, ROCK ON, AND DAMN THE MASSES.
LET 'EM EAT CAKE!
BUT ONLY IF IT'S OKAY WITH YOU IF WE EAT, GOOD MASTERS....
5~ FORGET CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, JUST PROTECT US FROM TERRORISTS, ETC.
WHO NEEDS THE RIGHT TO DEFEND OURSELVES...WITH ARMS?
WHO NEEDS THE RIGHT TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST WHAT WE PERCEIVE AS GOVERNMENTAL WRONGDOING WITHOUT BEING LABELED A "POTENTIAL TERRORIST'?
OR WHO NEEDS THE RIGHT TO SAY, "I DO NOT AGREE WITH NOR CONDONE THAT ACTION, THAT LIFESTYLE, BUT TO EACH THEIR OWN."
WHO NEEDS A RIGHT TO PRIVACY IN OUR OWN HOMES?
WHO NEEDS THE RIGHT TO PRAY ANYWHERE, ANY TIME WE PLEASE, IF WE CHOOSE TO PRAY, WHETHER TO THE 'JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN' GOD OR, AS SOME ACTUALLY DO, TO 'THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER'?
WHO NEEDS THE RIGHT TO REAR OUR CHILDREN AS WE SEE FIT, SANS VACCINES, SANS GMO FOODS DOWN THEIR THROATS, SANS BEING SUBJECTED TO 'PUBLIC SCHOOLS', ETC?
TAKE OUR CHILDREN AND DO WITH THEM AS YOU PLEASE!
WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING RIGHTS...WE HAVE NOBLE LEADERS AND SUPREME COURT 'JUSTICES' AND CONGRESSMEN AND PRESIDENTS WHO HAVE HATED THE OLD CONSTITUTION AND HAVE "INTERPRETED" IT TO DEATH.
MERE FIGMENTS OF OUR ERRANT IMAGINATIONS...
WHO NEEDS FREEDOM?
JUST "PROTECT" US....WHATEVER IT TAKES...CHAINS, WHIPS, DOOR-TO-DOOR EXECUTIONS OF ALL WHO DO NOT COMPLY, CULLING OF THOSE 'NOT LIKE US', ANYTHING!
6~ INDEPENDENCE, REST IN PEACE.
LET US BE OF "ONE MIND", WHATEVER THE RULERS DETERMINE THAT MIND IS.
LET US BECOME COMPLACENT HERD ANIMALS.
LET US BE UTTERLY DEPENDENT ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, OR ON WHOEVER IS REALLY RUNNING THE SHOW.
LET US HAVE DONE WITH AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY, THE SOVEREIGNTY OF EACH AMERICAN CITIZEN.
LET US BECOME ONE WITH THE GLOBAL ENTITY, SERVE THE GLOBAL AGENDA, FORGET WHO WE ARE.
LET US JUST LIE DOWN AND WAIT FOR THE 'JUDAS GOATS' TO LEAD US TO THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE LIKE GOOD LITTLE SHEEP.
LET US LIVE WITH ANY AND ALL RESTRAINTS PLACED UPON US BY THE DEMIGODS WE CREATED.
OLD THOMAS PAYNE... THE AMERICAN CRISIS... "TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS"?
HOW MANY AMERICANS HAVEN'T SOLD OR GIVEN THOSE "SOULS" AWAY?
"GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"?
DEATH IT IS, THEN, YES?
NO MORE CRISIS...JUST SURRENDER...OR DIE.
WRITTEN IN MEMORY OF MY FATHER, WHO PASSED FROM THIS PLANE OF EXISTENCE ONE YEAR AGO TODAY.
OVER HALF A CENTURY AGO, HE PREDICTED HOW AMERICA WOULD FALL, THE EXACT CHAIN OF EVENTS I'VE WATCHED UNFOLD, EVENTS HE SAID HE HOPED HE'D NEVER LIVE TO SEE.
HE WAS A MAN WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN WAR AND SERVED IT MORE FULLY THE REST OF HIS LIFE AS HE SHINED A BLINDING LIGHT ON THE LOSS OF AMERICAN FREEDOMS AND INDEPENDENCE, ON THE TREACHERY OF ITS LEADERS.
HE TAUGHT, I LEARNED...HOPING THAT BY LEARNING I WOULD NOT PERISH.
I'M STILL STANDING, DAD, BUT IT SURE IS HARD TO WITNESS THE NATION'S FALL.
LIKE YOU SAID, ONLY ANOTHER "WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE" WOULD SAVE HER.
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
IT'S THE ONLY THING YOU WERE WRONG ON....