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.

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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