The work continues to give flesh and bones to an idea. To breathe life into a document. To keep the heartbeat going. May we celebrate the Fourth of July to Infinity!
Thomas Paine’s words are forever applicable: “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 men and women. 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 cheaply 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.” (“The American Crisis,” December 23, 1776)