The Crisis is a collection of articles written by Thomas Paine during the American Revolutionary War. In 1776 Paine wrote Common Sense, an extremely popular and successful pamphlet arguing for Independence from England. The essays collected here constitute Paine’s ongoing support for an independent and self-governing America through the many severe crises of the Revolutionary War. General Washington found the first essay so inspiring, he ordered that it be read to the troops at Valley Forge.
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. 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.
Whether the independence of the continent was declared too soon, or delayed too long, I will not now enter into as an argument; my own simple opinion is, that had it been eight months earlier, it would have been much better. We did not make a proper use of last winter, neither could we, while we were in a dependent state. However, the fault, if it were one, was all our own [NOTE]; we have none to blame but ourselves. But no great deal is lost yet. All that Howe has been doing for this month past, is rather a ravage than a conquest, which the spirit of the Jerseys, a year ago, would have quickly repulsed, and which time and a little resolution will soon recover.
I have as little superstition in me as any man living, but my secret opinion has ever been, and still is, that God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which wisdom could invent. Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils; and as I do not, I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker, has as good a pretence as he.
‘Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them. Britain has trembled like an ague at the report of a French fleet of flat-bottomed boats; and in the fourteenth [fifteenth] century the whole English army, after ravaging the kingdom of France, was driven back like men petrified with fear; and this brave exploit was performed by a few broken forces collected and headed by a woman, Joan of Arc. Would that heaven might inspire some Jersey maid to spirit up her countrymen, and save her fair fellow sufferers from ravage and ravishment! 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 private murderer. They sift out the hidden thoughts of man, and hold them up in public to the world. Many a disguised Tory has lately shown his head, that shall penitentially solemnize with curses the day on which Howe arrived upon the Delaware.
Read the entire article HERE. And yes, read everything on the site that Thomas Paine wrote.
I don’t know how to put it except to be brutally blunt and honest about Mitt Romney and the trap conservatives are walking in to.
A couple of weeks ago Team Romney announced they would NOT be releasing his income tax returns. Several people thought this was a strange decision from a campaign that had strategically taken very smart positions and manuevers in the election process. But the real issue with this is how it cuts right to the heart of Mitts’ biggest flaw and it plays directly into the Axelrod – Plouffe strategy to re-elect Obama.
The most likely scenario is that almost all of Romney’s income is taxed at the 15% long-term capital gains rate, playing right into the hands of Team Obama in its Secretaries versus Bosses campaign theme. [snip]
So what’s the deal with Romney’s tax returns? Or more specifically, what’s the deal with Mitt Romney letting himself get more and more nippy press by refusing to release his tax returns when virtually every serious presidential candidate of the last 40 years has done it? Allow me to explain.
We already know Mitt Romney is a really, really wealthy guy. But there have been a lot of rich presidential candidates. And, though he was born to wealth, Romney also made a lot of money himself. He’s also said he’ll release information about his wealth, his assets … a lot of stuff. But just not the tax returns.
So what’s the deal? It’s pretty simple. We might say that a specter is haunting Mitt Romney — the specter of the Buffett Rule.
There is no worse question for a presidential candidate than “what is he hiding?”
So what is Romney hiding that is worth having the conversation be about his refusal to release income tax returns rather the disaster known as the Obama presidency?
Given the narrative of the Occupy crowd railing against the Wall Street Barons and the 1%, we must be honest and admit the next year will be plagued with Capitol Hill drum beats of taxation and budget/deficit fights. Indeed the Obama position is already visible ‘The Bush Tax Cuts Must End’. What better way for the entire campaign season to be deflected away from Obama’s record than to run against a Mega-Rich representative of the establishment class Republican candidate that is mired in personal tax questioning.
Alexrod/Plouffe will frame Romney as part of the 1% problem.
Read the article here.
While we’re waiting for Iowa to make up their minds as to a possible Obama opponent, it may behoove us to examine just what repercussions of Obama’s Pakistan foreign policy lie in store for the US and our national security. Yes yes… I’m well aware that foreign policy is triaged way down in the electorate’s mind in import. At least when it comes to specific day-to-day events. But there is no doubt that our national security does still remain an important campaign issue… even if not at the top of the voters’ radar. So this is a worthy debate, even if not as “sexy” a topic these days.
The summary? Zardari is on his way out – early – and there’s a three way frontal assault for new leadership of the nuke-armed nation. Pakistan has grown extremely anti-American with the average of a drone strike over Pakistani soil every four days – 291 total, and 236 of them under this POTUS alone, the invasion of sovereign territory – sans permission – to get UBL (as promised by candidate Obama), and the pièce de résistance, the NATO “oops” attack that killed 24 Pakistan soldiers. And as CJ, FA’s boots-on-the-ground in Afghanistan reports, they’ve already begun exacting their revenge by slashing US supply lines to our troops in Afghanistan.
So exactly who is Pakistan’s future potential leadership, and are they a potential enemy, or ally of the US? Sorry to report that the outlook isn’t good, with two out of the three declaring, in advance, that the US is no friend to that nation and promising no cooperation as part of their elective appeal. Considering the above referenced events, Obama’s ill-thought foreign policies have left the US extremely unpopular with Pakistanis who will not welcome any input… just as “new and improved” Egypt now states. In fact, it may be quite likely that any functional relationship with Pakistan will be coming to an end.
I’ll start this crash course in a current events perspective with an little noticed press release over the holidays that former Pakistan army chief, General Ziauddin Butt, has charged the Musharraf regime with deliberately harboring Usama Bin Laden, away from the US’s intelligence eyes, in the past holiday week.
Musharraf is, of course, one of the favorite dumping grounds of the western press. I also know that so many don’t know, or care, where Pakistan fits in with the US national security overview. Fair enough. If anyone hasn’t figured out why Pakistan is a better ally than enemy in this climate, I daresay there’s not much I can do to influence you otherwise. But fact is… they are a nuclear nation. The citizens have demonstrated thru every election that they don’t want Shariah law as the ultimate rule of the land, and they are none too pleased with internal terrorist attacks themselves.
Needless to say, Pakistan has all the makings of a Middle East, Islamic psuedo-ally in intel, and offers absolutely no appeal as an enemy. Post Sept 11th, they became that ally under Musharraf…until they were provoked and abused beyond the pale under this POTUS, that is.
Judging by the Commander in Chief’s three years of policy choices, I’d say that Obama does not share my view of Pakistan as a more valuable ally than enemy. While I welcomed the death of UBL, I am on record (and taking much heat for…) my opinion that “…there would be a seriously hefty price for this nation to pay for Bin Laden’s head, if one weighs the cascading repercussions.”
Today, those repercussions are painfully obvious – at least to those paying attention.
Read the article here.
Jim Carrey’s website is rather Jim Carrey-esque.
David Weinberger’s Top Ten List of Top Ten Lists of Top Ten Lists.
RNC Collects Database of Obama’s Broken Promises
Perry Confronts Politico’s Mike Allen Over Story: “You Got A Name?” How to put down those idiots at politico!!
Turns out, economists live in the same America as the rest of us.
The Associated Press surveyed 36 top experts on money and markets from across the political spectrum last week. They rendered a familiar verdict on President Obama’s approach to restoring America to prosperity.
Just half of the 36 rated the President’s policies as “fair”; more than a third called them “poor.” Only five described Obamanomics as “good,” and none dared call it “excellent.”
Also grim: The consensus among the experts is that unemployment will stay stubbornly high, dropping from its current 8.6% to no lower than 8.4% by Election Day.
Little wonder that, after an $800 billion stimulus, a year spent pushing through an endlessly complex health care reform bill and presidential failure to embrace a bold, bipartisan plan to tame spiraling debt through tax reform, fully 60% of Americans now disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy.
Little wonder, too, that just 22% think the country is headed in the right direction, while 72% see it going wrong.
With the 2012 Republican nominating contest set to begin in earnest Tuesday, the numbers leave Obama in the distinctly unenviable election year position of having to argue that matters would have been worse had it not been for his stimulus program and would have been much better had Republican obstructionism not torpedoed even his worthy ideas.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, though not addressing any specific case, implicitly defended Justices Elena Kagan and Clarence Thomas from calls that they recuse themselves from the Obamacare case, suggesting as well that it would be inappropriate for Congress or the other members of the Supreme Court to attempt to mandate a recusal.
“I have complete confidence in the capability of [all] my colleagues to determine when recusal is warranted,” Roberts wrote in his 2011 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, released this evening. “They are jurists of exceptional integrity and experience whose character and fitness have been examined through a rigorous appointment and confirmation process.”
Though he prefaced his comments by claiming not to discuss “ongoing debates” or cases, Roberts acknowledged that his remarks on Supreme Court justice ethics were prompted by “issues that have recently drawn public attention.” Kagan has faced recusal calls given the support she expressed for Obamacare in recently-released emails from her time as Solicitor-General, and from the possibility that she was briefed or participated in meetings about how to defend Obamacare before the Supreme Court. Liberal critics have suggested Thomas should recuse himself because of his wife’s public opposition to Obamacare, in her capacity as a Tea Party leader.
Roberts said that public outcry, partisan concerns, and fear of criticism should not affect a justice’s decision to withdraw from a case. “Such concerns have no role to play in deciding a question of recusal,” he wrote.
He also explained why justices should avoid recusing themselves when possible. “[T]he Supreme Court consists of nine Members who always sit together, and if a Justice withdraws from a case, the Court must sit without its full membership,” he wrote. “A Justice accordingly cannot withdraw from a case as a matter of convenience or simply to avoid controversy.”
The chief justice implied that Congress could not require a Supreme Court Justice recusal — “the limits of Congress’s power to require recusal have never been tested,” he noted — and added that other Supreme Court justices should not try to wield that power. “It would create an undesirable situation in which the Court could affect the outcome of a case by selecting who among its members may participate,” Roberts warned.
(from where I stand? obamacare may not come out the way our islamic in chief obama wants)
MUSLIMS CONTINUE TO ACT LIKE BARBARIANS BUT WE’RE THE ISLAMOPHOBES FOR POINTING IT OUT (reminding you all of this, and why obama and company have to go. plus the united nations has to go. all islamics and islamic organizations in the USA have to go)
Clip #1: Here is something which is extremely important. We must prepare the generations for the hour of jihad and conflict, which is not far off. The leaders of the Zionists said they are expecting a coming war. But I say you can even be certain of it, for the Prophet (PBUH) told us, “Fight against the Jews until a Jew will hide behind the rocks and the trees, and the rocks and the trees will say, ‘O slave of Allah, O Muslim, this is a Jew behind me, come and kill him’.”
Clip #2: It is incumbent, therefore, on the Ummah to unite its ranks, and prepare for that day of which (the Prophet) (PBUH) informed us when he said, “The hour will not come until the Muslims will fight against the Jews until the rocks and the trees will say, ‘O Muslim, O slave of Allah, this is a Jew behind me, kill him’.”
Jesse Jackson: “Send Gingrich Back Home on the Midnight Train to Georgia”
Jesse Jackson made an appearance in Des Moines. The event was apparently sponsored by Jackson’s group and the Nation magazine. In this clip Jackson connects the civil rights movement to the Occupy movement. Toward the end he singles out Newt Gingrich and suggests voters send him home:
Verum Serum for the video.
(this guy says he is a reverend? he is like one of those islamics he loves. all he wants is to cause, like obama and holder, a race war in the USA)
“Warrior of The Middle Class” Barack Obama Dines At Exclusive Hawaiian Restaurant, Home of The $50 Ribeye And $28 Sushi…
Argh…and this idiot says he is the champion of the poor working class? he is a freaking elitist who wants only to live it huge at the public teat!