Full Circle For The Sunshine Patriot

Tom Paine

Citizen Thomas Paine

THE BOLD AND LONG-SUFFERING Tom Paine, of early American bombast is well-known. Paine had been a journeyman of several trades, and now sought to become a printer's apprentice. His foray into politics began as soon as he stepped onto the American shore. As an English immigrant he came clutching a note of personal recommendation from Ambassador Benjamin Franklin. Dispirited by the New York harbor slavery docks, Paine soon made a name for himself across the colonies with the publication of a pamphlet.

Although first published anonymously, news of his authorship of Common Sense spread quickly, and soon his writings became as important to winning the hearts and minds of the American colonists and ultimately winning the revolution as was the sharp sword and brave leadership of General George Washington.

"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."

Thomas Paine, “The Crisis”, December 23rd, 1776

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