The Battle of Trenton was a small but pivotal battle during the American Revolutionary War which took place on the morning of December 26, 1776, in Trenton, New Jersey. After General George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River north of Trenton the previous night, Washington led the main body of the Continental Army against Hessian Mercenaries garrisoned at Trenton. After a brief battle, almost two-thirds of the Hessian force was captured, with negligible losses to the Americans. The battle significantly boosted the Continental Army’s flagging morale, and inspired re-enlistments.
The Continental Army had previously suffered several defeats in New York and had been forced to retreat through New Jersey to Pennsylvania. Morale in the army was low; to end the year on a positive note, George Washington—Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army—devised a plan to cross the Delaware River on the night of December 25–26 and surround the German Hessians garrison.
Because the river was icy and the weather severe, the crossing proved dangerous. Two detachments were unable to cross the river, leaving Washington with only 2,400 men under his command in the assault, 3,000 less than planned. The army marched 9 miles (14.5 km) south to Trenton. The Hessians had lowered their guard, thinking they were safe from the American army, and had no long-distance outposts or patrols. Washington’s forces caught them off guard and, after a short but fierce resistance, most of the Hessians surrendered and were captured, with just over a third escaping across Assunpink Creek.
Despite the battle’s small numbers, the American victory inspired rebels in the colonies. With the success of the revolution in doubt a week earlier, the army had seemed on the verge of collapse. The dramatic victory inspired soldiers to serve longer and attracted new recruits to the ranks. – Wikipedia
Thomas Paine wrote the words “These are the times that try men’s souls.” They were written in Paine’s pamphlet ‘American Crisis’ during the winter of Valley Forge, prior to the Battle of Trenton, as a way to encourage soldiers-with great results at Trenton-and the public to continue to fight in the Revolution despite the many severe hardships the war was putting everyone through. – answers.com
“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
Saul Alinsky, in the course of nearly four decades of political organizing, received much criticism, but he also gained praise from many public figures; of a like mindset. His organizing skills were focused on improving the living conditions of poor communities across the United States. In the 1950s, he began turning his attention to improving conditions in the black ghettos, beginning with Chicago’s and later traveling to ghettos in California, Michigan, New York City, and a dozen other “trouble spots”. – Wikipedia [A humanitarian venture, yet with an ulterior motive.]
Saul Alinsky’s Doctrine: 8 steps to topple a nation and create a socialist state.
The first being the most important.
1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people.
2) Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible; poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun control – Remove people’s ability to defend themselves from the government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of people’s lives (food, housing and income).
6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to; take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the government and schools. (Initiated by a 1963 SCOTUS decision.)
8) Class warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take from (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you ‘in sheep‘s clothing’, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” – Matthew 7:15
As the words of Thomas Paine inspired the Continental Army and public toward the goal of building a free nation, so, too, did the words of Alinsky inspire a revolution of another sort; one foreign to that which gave birth to this country. A radical revolution which inspires the destruction of said free nation and replace it with a governing body that controls the thought, word and actions of once free individuals. A country who’s creed once echoing “We the People.” A creed once of, by and for the people, patriots, not radicals who have sought for decades past to divorce from the minds and hearts of all Americans their tradition, history and inheritance; the good and the bad of it. The good to be maintained and the bad to be amended.
These ARE “the times that try men’s souls,” as well. Will today’s citizens remain faithful to the Constitution, or be so duped and disheartened that they will without resistance turn over a nation buoyed by the blood of past and present patriots? These patriots who in loving America so much have gladly made the ultimate sacrifice in her defense because it is here that we can be captains of our wills and masters of our souls. And afford the same to future generations. Where realistic opportunity rather than idealistic promises are offered to free men and women in the pursuit of their God-given right to happiness. Will those who have so sought to pervert this clear unique idea that is liberty successfully secure complete power to inevitably destroy forever that which is the birth-right of every American and promise made to outsiders adopted by her?
Will we stay free or acquiesce to socialist/communist control with the false promise of individual independence through government dependence. Like our ancestors, the colonial revolutionaries, let us be strong against the enemy that is ourselves. We have become a nation of convenience. Those among us given the responsibility of power who seek to change the laws, or simply disobey them, under the guise of false charity must be resisted and defeated by the very laws of like principles which were fashioned to safeguard our republic from the enemies of freedom, whether from within or without. Paine’s “Common Sense” is a reminder that common sense, a trait of free willed men and women, is intended to alert us to and protect us from such ideology, harmful to the exercise of free will, promoted by the likes of an Alinsky. If left unchallenged his acolytes, in anonymity, would be successful in dismantling the sovereignty, integrity and identity which were our Founding Fathers’ vision for a nation in which individual freedom would reign first, last and always.
Good and evil are not interchangeable. Except for a nation that has lost its moral compass. A nation that, in great part, has placed its faith in man over its faith in God. We must choose a side. The creed of a nation, like that of the Church, cannot be compromised. For if each should so be, then both nation and Church collapse into obscurity. And that is the goal, “by any means necessary”, of the traditorem (betrayer) for both. He is known by many names. Those who practice his ways have made themselves in his image. He, in name(Lucifer), is the subject of a book dedication found in Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals.” And his ways are contrary to individual freedom, both of which are conserved in God’s will.
As a nation, do we stand with Thomas Paine or do we stand with Saul Alinsky? We are in the throes of a tug-of war. Between those who, yet, will to govern themselves and those who are willing to be governed by the state. It is the easier fight to keep what we have, rather than the fight to get it back.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin