SINCE 1776


 "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 his country but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. 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 cheap, we esteem too lightly:–'Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to set a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated." — Thomas Paine

This is a favorite quote of a favorite Founding Father. I'm not ashamed to admit I've a huge crush on Thomas Paine. He rules. Even his peers acknowledge his charm, you see, John Adams notes: "Without the pen of Paine, the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain." Happy Independence Day, yah goons! The Founding Fathers couldn't say it any better.