2014: The Tea Party’s Battle of Trenton

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by: the Common Constitutionalist


It seems lately that the Tea Party has been losing and losing a lot.

We freedom loving patriots have been beaten down, each time to pull ourselves back up only to be vilified in the press, derided by the Democrats and undermined by the Republicans.

But as discouraged as we may be at times, we must hang in and continue to fight for our country and posterity. Yet with all our efforts it seems we lose battle after battle.

Well, there’s a new battle on the horizon and will be upon us quickly: the 2014 elections.

George Washington said, “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable…”

He is of course correct. A small, highly motivated force can do seemingly miraculous things and this is what the Tea Party must become, now more than ever.

We may be relatively small in number, but properly motivated and disciplined, we can begin to beat back the progressives that seek to destroy us. And they do wish to destroy us!

The local, state and national elections of 2014 can be our Battle of Trenton.

The Battle of Trenton was rather minor but yet possibly the major turning point of the Revolutionary war.

Worldwide, most would recognize the large iconic painting of Washington crossing the Delaware. The painting depicted Washington and his ragtag army crossing from Pennsylvania to New Jersey on Christmas night, 1776.

Prior to that fateful night, Washington’s Continental Army had suffered defeat after disastrous defeat and had gained no major victory. Sound familiar?

His army at that point had literally been decimated. It was a desperate time, that Christmas night, as 2400 frozen and starving troops set out across a raging ice laden river. And when I say frozen, I mean frozen. Many soldiers were without any shoes or socks. Barefoot and starving they were on their way to battle 1500 hardened Hessian troops in Trenton New Jersey.

This was not a major battle by any means but it had to be fought for the British and their Hessian mercenaries were on their way to the Colonial capital, Philadelphia.

This minor battle was however one for the ages. Lasting only two hours it was a decisive victory for Washington as his army dispatched the Hessians shouting “Victory or Death”. The size and length of the battle was no measure of its significance. With his back to the wall, Washington willed his troops to victory.

News of the victory spread quickly. Instead of walking away, his battered troops reenlisted. Many more young men began to show up to enlist and join the fight. That one small victory changed the outcome of war.

Now do I really need to explain the correlation to present-day? I thought not.

We freedom-loving patriots do not need to win the war. We only need to win a few battles to begin to attract others and coax them from the sidelines.

This latest debt ceiling defeat may be a small victory in disguise. As we all know, Ted Cruz was savaged in Washington DC, yet arriving back in Texas he received what could be a record (in length of time) standing ovation from a sizable crowd.

These are the small, untold victories that move people from the sideline and spark the movement.

As Rush said recently; just think what we could do with just 5 or 10 more Ted Cruz’s. That battle is winnable.

About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

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