In December of 1776 Thomas Paine once wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” He was talking about the American Revolution and he spoke about how it was important for the colonists to join the revolution, to fix what was wrong now rather than leave it for their children, He was a revolutionary, passionate in his beliefs and persecuted for his often unpopular thoughts. I imagine if he were alive today he would be agast at the state of the world. Would his ability to speak to the common men and women as well as the powerful be dissipated by today’s media or would his words ring through the clutter of popular culture? I worry about the world and the America that my children will inherit. We have lost our way. We fight over whose side is right while people starve. Reality TV stars command what would be middle-class annual wages for a single appearance. We spend billions on the military, but can’t provide classrooms that aren’t overloaded or lacking proper materials. We pollute and destroy the natural world, but fail to act…unless it is convenient for us. It is up to us to set the example, to lead the way so that our children stand a fighting chance in the world we leave behind.
- 12 Things You May Not Know About Paul Revere (history.com)
- The American Revolution Essay (socyberty.com)
- The Echo of Revolution (judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com)
- When was the Declaration of Independence signed (wiki.answers.com)
- WORDS of OUR FOUNDING FATHERS (maboulette.wordpress.com)