Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunshine patriots

"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 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."

Thomas Paine in 1778, warned Americans about false patriots who wave the flag on sunny days, but fail to uphold liberty in stormy weather.

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