The Times That Try Men's Souls: Words That Could Have Been Written Today

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 who 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 everything 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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I once felt that kind of anger, which a man ought to feel against the mean principles that are held by our foes. A noted one, who kept a tavern, was standing at his door, with this beautiful child in his hand, about eight or nine years old. More beautiful than I had ever seen, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, he finished with this unfatherly expression, "Well, give me peace in my day." Not a man who lives on the continent, but fully believes that separation has to come at some time or another. It's going to finally take place, and a generous parent should have said, "If there must be trouble, then let it come in my day so my child may have peace." Not a place on earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is remote from all the wrangling world, and she has nothing to do with any of them, but to trade with them. 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 until she gets clear of foreign dominion, she gets clear of all these wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror. Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal will never expire.

Don't tell me this is revenge. Call it rather the soft resentment of a suffering people who, having no object in view but the good for all, have staked their own upon a seemingly doubtful event. Yet it's folly to argue against determined hardness. Eloquence may strike the ear and the language of sorry draw forth a tear of compassion, but nothing can reach the heart that is steeled with prejudice. I've quit this class of men. I turned with a warm love of a friend to those who have nobly stood and are still determined to stand, no matter what.

I don't call upon a few. I call upon all. Not on this state or that state, but on every state. Get up. Lay your shoulder to the wheel. It's better to 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 repulse it. Don't tell me that thousands are gone. Turn out your tens of thousands. Don't throw the burden of the day upon Providence, but "show your faith by works," that God may bless you. It doesn't matter where you live. It doesn't matter what rank of life you hold. The evil or the blessing will reach us all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, we're all going to suffer or all rejoice. The heart that doesn't feel it now is dead. The blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when just 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, that can 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 to death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light.

Go ahead. Let them call me a rebel. Let them call me a traitor. I welcome it. I have no concern from it. I will not 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 at receiving mercy from a being who at the last day will be shrieking for the rocks and the mountains to cover him and fleeing with terror from the orphan and the widow and from the slain of America. There are persons who don't see the full extent of the evil which threatens them. They take solace with hopes that the enemy, if he succeeds, will be merciful. It's the madness of folly to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice, and even mercy, where conquest was the object. That's a trick of the fog of war. The coming of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and you ought to guard equally against both.

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I thank God that I fear not. I don't see any real cause for fear. I know our situation well, and I can see the way out of it. By perseverance and fortitude, we have the prospect of a glorious issue. By cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils --- a ravaged country --- a depopulated city --- habitations without safety, slavery without hope --- our homes turned into barracks, bawdy houses, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! And if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented.

Thomas Paine. December 23rd, 1776. Without comment needed.

The American Crisis is a pamphlet series by 18th century Enlightenment philosopher and author Thomas Paine, originally published from 1776 to 1783 during the American Revolution.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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