– Thomas Paine
“These are the times that try men’s souls.“
That’s how Thomas Paine described the cold and critical December of 1776 as the American Continental Army retreated back across the Delaware River, believing the dream of American independence from Great Britain would never come true and that all the hardships and sacrifices for freedom would be wasted.
Paine, realizing that the cause of liberty was at a crisis point from which it might not be able to return, wrote a pamphlet for the purpose of giving hope to the weary and worried American soldiers and to the families depending on them to protect their lives, liberty, and property from a tyrannical central government bent on denying them their God-given rights.
Friends, I believe we live in similar times. Every day we witness the growth of government and its tyrannical attempt to control every aspect of our lives, to rob of us of our property, and to confine our liberty into boundaries they define.
We, as with our patriot forefathers, have a difficult decision to make: do we accept defeat, consoling ourselves with the thought that we gave it our best, but our enemy was too strong, we were outnumbered, and even nature herself fought against us (there was a smallpox epidemic ravaging New England, followed by a measles outbreak in New York and Pennsylvania. Sound familiar?).
Just as Thomas Paine’s timely words gave hope to the desperate and diseased soldiers in General Washington’s army, I believe there is hope for us in our trying times, too.
Our hope is history.
In his History of Rome, Livy wrote:
“The study of history is the best medicine for a troubled mind for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see; and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings; fine things to take as models, base things, rotten through and through, to avoid.”
I am here to offer the healing of history to troubled minds living in trying times.
Bureaucrats bent on preventing generations of young Americans from learning about all their ancestors held dear, have lessened their love of liberty and confused them as to what it truly means to be free. Years of this official opposition to learning the lessons of history have left us susceptible to the diseases of the mind that afflict those ignorant of the vital lessons taught in the pages of history.
Those days are over.
The last several years of teaching these history classes to homeschool families and public school families anxious to have their children learn the lessons they weren’t being taught in school have proven that these until now untold stories from history have the power to heal troubled minds and strengthen them for the fight for freedom we face today.
Friends, teaching true history without accepting money from the government is financially difficult, but I believe that there are many parents who value truth, liberty, and education enough to help me carry on this ambitious undertaking.
I believe Thomas Paine understood this when he wrote:
“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.”
If you believe in this undertaking, if you believe that so many of our present problems are made worse by an ignorance of true history, and if you want to change that and help to prepare a generation of young Americans ready to reject the lies told by the enemies of liberty, a generation of young Americans ready to restore to our country the freedom God gave us, then I ask you, friends, to support this effort by donating what ever amount you’re able.
If I can raise enough money to put lessons about this “celestial article” in the homes of interested families, I know we can train up a generation of American young men and women with the knowledge they need to restore the virtue, vigilance, and view of liberty that will keep our country free.
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