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21st century “times that try men’s souls”


After viewing all the hearings of the the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol I would like to give respect and honor to Rep. Adam Kinzinger from my home state of Illinois and especially Rep. Liz Cheney for her fearless leadership in defense of our democracy.

I can only wish that my congressman had the same level of affection for democracy and the courage to defend it that these two Republicans have shown.

As Thomas Paine wrote in The American Crisis No. 1 in December 1776 during the Continental Army’s darkest hour:

“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.”

Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger have my love and thanks. No sunshine patriots, they.

Keith Pacheco, Langhorne


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