Thomas Paine the Crisis

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The Crisis Of Today
On December 23, 1776 Thomas Paine wrote an article justifying America’s independence from England. This article was called The Crisis and it argued that the colonists they should support the American Revolution. Even though this article was written two-hundred and thirty years ago it can still be looked upon for guidance today. I am amazed that the arguments in The Crisis can be used to describe today’s current events including War, Sports, and freedoms. On Thursday October 19, 2006 I was on a plane headed to Ithaca, NY and on the plane I met a U.S. Army helicopter pilot who had just returned from Iraq. We started talking about the war. I asked him what he was fighting for, he said, “I fight not for my country or for my freedom I fight for my family, my friends, and my neighborhood” (U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot). This reminded me of The Crisis when Thomas Paine said “a generous parent should have said, If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;” (Thomas Paine, The Crisis) this quote is talking about how a parent should want their to be war in there time so that their children shouldn’t have to fight in wars. When I read this quote I interpret it to mean that when war is inevitable you should get it over with sooner rather than make your children fight your war.

What is so great about The Crisis is that it can be used for anything I can take quotes from The Crisis and refer it to The Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox won 5 World Series championships before 1919. Then the Boston Red Sox didn’t win the World Series for Eighty-six years. Yet the Red Sox fans did not give up on the team. It reminds me of what Thomas Paine says in The Crisis, “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” (Thomas Paine The Crisis). To me this means that the longer the Red Sox waited it means...
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