October 25, 2020

Gen Z Conservative

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These are the times that try men's souls

These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls

The Quote:

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.” -Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine wrote the above quotation in December of 1776. That was really a dangerous time and one that was truly trying to men’s souls. Just think about what it would have been like to be alive then. A small, colonial nation was going to war with the worlds’ predominant superpower. The sheer terror or not knowing what would happen or how it would happen must have been almost overwhelming.

Luckily, we now live in a more peaceful time. Because of the vision and drive of the Founding Fathers, we live in a great and powerful nation. The current situation America finds herself in is not as severe as it was then. But we still live in a trying time for patriots. President Donald Trump and his advisers are being dragged into court day after day and forced to spend their retirement money on lawyer fees so they can defend themselves against baseless accusations. American soldiers and private military contractors have been prosecuted for killing terrorists while overseas. Free speech has basically disappeared from college campuses. Antifa thugs attack conservatives in the streets. It is a dangerous time to be a patriot in America.

That danger is why it is so important to remain a patriot and keep fighting for the values and virtues you believe in. Sure, “these are the times that try men’s souls,” but by remaining strong we will “deserve the love and thanks of  man and woman.” Eventually the craziness will fade away. Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.


We need to keep fighting and pushing back against the liberal agenda. It is hard to do. Pushing back and fighting back can be hard. Especially in places like college campuses that are covered up with people that want to shame you for believing in something different than them.

But our situation isn’t as bad as it was when Thomas Paine wrote this quote. He and his compatriots were in a truly dangerous and trying situation. They could have died for what they believed in, when it came out, shortly after Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware, things were not going particularly well for the American Revolution. We can only be shamed for standing up for what we believe in. But the similarity we share is that then and now we are standing up against tyranny.

Don’t be a “summer soldier” or sunshine patriot. Instead, stand up and fight for what you believe in. Fighting against tyranny is important.

By: Gen Z Conservative

Image from AZ Quotes


Read another great quote from the Revolutionary era: https://genzconservative.com/patrick-henry-on-liberty/

Read the full pamphlet here: http://www.ushistory.org/paine/crisis/c-01.htm

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