As we gather together with our families to celebrate our nation's Independence Day and thank the men and women of our armed forces who serve in the protection of all we hold dear, let us not forget that winning our freedom and establishing our visionary Republic was no easy task.
In December of 1776 General Washington and the Continental Army had suffered a series of defeats. Morale was low, men we not re-enlisting, and our fledgling country was hanging by a thread.
Thomas Paine wrote The American Crisis which framed the dire situation and steeled the resolve of our Revolution:
"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 the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
General Washington ordered that this be read to his men to give them heart and strength for what would soon be one of the most famous battles in our war for independence. On December 26, 1776 Washington led his army across the frozen Delaware River and won an astounding battle at Trenton, giving new life and new hope to an American nation.
Last week, the Supreme Court delivered a defeat to the fundamental principles and ideals of our nation. In allowing Obamacare to stand, our Constitution was ignored, our freedom usurped, and little bit more of what it means to be an American slipped from our hands.
Now is definitely one of those times that tries our souls, but I am confident that those who love freedom, those who still believe in the rugged individualism of our forefathers, and those who would ensure our nation does not continue a slide toward European socialism will rise to the occasion.
This is our test. This is our time to stand and be counted. And when we defeat Barack Obama this November, the triumph will be all the more glorious.