Remembering the Justness and Inspiration of the American Cause

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine


In these “times that try men’s souls” I have witnessed many a true American, many a true Christian, and many a true man or woman of intellectual and moral integrity stand up and stand by our beloved Constitution and the the Judeo-Christian moral law – or that rock upon which our laws and liberty were founded well over two hundred years ago. Of such men and such women, I feel to say as did Thomas Paine in his American Crisis, penned in 1776, “they deserve the love and thanks of man and woman.”

Hopefully, today’s heroes will stay the course, for “tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.”

Yet, Thomas Paine reminds us today as he did his fellows in 1776, “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.”

What our forefathers risked all for, and stood by, even unto death, was and is truly a celestial article. That thought ought to console us against the rising hardness of the conflict to never give up and never give in, to tenaciously stick to the cause of liberty through thick and thin, that when that triumph comes in our day, it too will be all the more glorious for the struggle.

Now let me ask you, was the American Revolution truly glorious? Let me present as one piece of evidence in the affirmative, the Spirit of Inspiration and Prophecy that came upon The Lord of Chatham, William Pitt, one of the greatest Orators in the history of England, as he rose from his sick bed, to warn the British Parliament as to their course against the American colonists. Said he:

“The spirit which now resists your taxation in America is the same which formerly opposed loans, benevolences, and ship-money in England; the same which, by the bill of rights, vindicated the English constitution; the same which established the essential maxim of your liberties, that no subject of England shall be taxed but by his own consent. This glorious spirit . . . animates three millions in America . . .

William Pitt (Lord Chatham)
William Pitt
(Lord Chatham)

“Let this distinction then remain forever ascertained: taxation is theirs, commercial regulation is ours. They say you have no right to tax them without their consent; they say truly. I recognize to the Americans their supreme, unalienable right in their property, a right which they are justified in the defense of to the last extremity. To maintain this principle is the great common cause . . . ‘Tis liberty to liberty engaged;’ the alliance of God and nature, immutable and eternal …

“When your lordships look at the papers transmitted us from America, when you consider their decency, firmness, and wisdom, you cannot but respect their cause, and wish to make it your own.

“For myself, I must avow that in all my reading — and I have read Thucydides and have studied and admired the master-states of the world — for solidity of reason, force of sagacity, and wisdom of conclusion under a complication of difficult circumstances, no body of men can stand in preference to the general congress at Philadelphia. The histories of Greece and Rome give us nothing equal to it, and all attempts to impose servitude upon such a mighty continental nation must be vain.

“We shall be forced ultimately to retract; let us retract while we can, not when we must. These violent acts must be repealed; you will repeal them; I stake my reputation on it, that you will in the end repeal them. Avoid, then, this humiliating necessity. . .

“. . .throw down the weapons in your hand. . .

“Every motive of justice and policy, of dignity and of prudence,urges you to allay the ferment in America . . .

“If the ministers persevere in thus misadvising and misleading the king, I will not say that the king is betrayed, but I will pronounce that the kingdom is undone; I will not say that they can alienate the affections of his subjects from his crown, but I will affirm that, the American jewel out of it, they will make the crown not worth his wearing.”

Yes, in my mind and my heart I have always believed, and do believe now, the events leading up to the Establishment of the United States of America were events ordered by the God of Heaven. It is part of the record. And if we expect to endure in this 21st Century battle for the souls of men, we will need to read and consider such words again and again, and then filled with the same spirit of inspiration that animated our forefathers, continue on in this holy cause against all odds.

Steve FarrellSteve Farrell is the Founder and Editor In Chief of The Moral Liberal, one of the original pundits at (1999-2008), and the author of the inspirational novel, Dark Rose.

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