Thomas Paine wrote the “Crisis” after the defeats of the Continental Army at the hands of the British and Hessian troops in New York and Fort Lee. The Continental troops were in retreat across the Delaware river into Pennsylvania. In this retreat massive amounts of supplies were left behind, and many troops deserted and ran off.
George Washington and the remnants of his Army planned to attack the Hessian garrison at Trenton New Jersey in the early morning hours of December 26th 1776. The troops were clothed is rags, with burlap tied around their feet instead of shoes and boots. They braved crossing the half frozen Delaware river in the middle of a winter Northeaster storm. The troops were sick and worn from the forced retreat across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, these brave soldiers followed George Washington to battle the crack Hessian Mercenary troops, who had slaughtered Continental prisoners in New York. It was common knowledge that this was a battle, a desperate battle, to save the American Revolution. Washington and his troops knew the grave consequences. The tremendous bravery exhibited by these nameless thousands gave all of us the gift of Freedom and Liberty. They became known as the Winter Soldiers, the men we owe everything too!
In recognition of the the sacrifice of these soldiers, the following words were written by Thomas Paine in 1776; “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”. December 23, 1776 Thomas Paine “Crisis”
There are two groups in our recent history who have stolen and corrupted Thomas Paine’s tribute to these brave revolutionary soldiers names, and in so doing have attempted to disgrace them and dishonor them. The first group was the Vietnam Veterans Against War (VVAW), a Marxist front group lead by John F. Kerry. The second was Iraq Veterans Against War (IVAW), lead by Adam Kokesh. They both held “Winter Soldier” conferences in which they attempted to call American troops “War Criminals”. I find the naming of such events offensive and a slap in the face to the four divisions of Revolutionary War heroes who were willing to lay down their lives for our Freedom and Liberty.
Every veteran who has followed those four divisions of the first true Winter Soldiers in defense of our Freedom and Liberties are the true American heroes. John Kerry, Adam Kokesh, and the treasonous scum who sat with them and conspired against the true American Winter Soldiers are cowards, who besmirch true American heroes. I find the VVAW and IVAW and their membership to be the most reprehensible citizens in America. They were part of this Band of Brothers, but chose instead to betray them and their country. I find no honor in trying to talk with people who wish to replace my Republic and my form of government with Marxism or Islam and commit me into slavery. Our core values are polar opposite philosophies. I can not compromise my values, there is no middle ground. There can be only one outcome and that is the total defeat of one side or the other.