Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Price of Freedom

With America’s current stagnant economy, high cost of living, and an ongoing encroachment upon our liberties by a powerful government, Thomas Paine’s words ring true today more than ever.  In this excerpt from The Crisis – Number 1, Paine argues that the cost of freedom ought to be priceless:

“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 his country; but he that stands 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 conflict the more glorious the triumph.  What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:  ‘tis 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.”

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