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The ‘Old Familiar Carols’ of Christmas 1776 and Christmas 2020

By Carole Hornsby Haynes December 24, 2020

The parallels of people and events of 244 years ago are eerily familiar to those of today. By December 1776, the once giddy prospects of American colonists winning their independence from England had grown dim.  In December 2020, the prospect of America remaining a free nation hangs in the balance.

The colonial militia had fought over the decades, including in the French and Indian War, to protect their families during crises. So Whigs and patriots, comprising about one third of the colonial population, believed sheer determination to protect their homes and freedom was sufficient to win a war against the professional Redcoats. By December 1776, it was obvious that sheer grit could not overcome inadequacies in training, tactics, weaponry and equipment. Even worse was the deficiency in leadership, both militarily and politically, of this bold new experiment in self government.

Washington was never given the resources necessary to wage war against such a powerful enemy. The Continental Army lacked money, ammunition, entrenching tools necessary for survival, tents, blankets, cooking utensils, shoes, and clothing. In the face of harsh winter conditions, many soldiers were dressed in thin rags, or were even “naked” according to Washington, with some having broken or no shoes at all.

Many of the Continental Army were wounded, sick, and demoralized by the severe losses to the British. Many were deserting and enlistment terms would be up on December 30, leaving only 1400.

On Dec. 18th, General Washington wrote in a private letter, “I think the game is pretty nearly up, owing, in a great measure, to the insidious arts of the enemy, and disaffection of the Colonies before mentioned [New York and New Jersey who particularly did not send militia when Washington called upon the governor], but principally to the ruinous policy of short enlistments, and placing too great a dependence on the Militia….”

New York City; Newport, Rhode Island; and most of New Jersey had already fallen to the enemy. The next target was the republic’s capital of Philadelphia.

When General William Howe offered “a free and general pardon” to all who would return to “their just allegiance’ and take a loyalty oath to England, large numbers of dispirited New Jersey fair weather ‘patriots’ jumped off the ship of American liberty.

Theses turncoats were followed by Philadelphians who fled to the countryside in droves. A cowardly Congress fled from Philadelphia to Baltimore, Maryland, dumping total control of the operations of the army onto the shoulders of General Washington.

Washington was undercut and thwarted at every turn by one of his own generals. General Charles Lee whispered to Washington’s staff and generals that he had no confidence in the commander-in-chief’s abilities. Fortunately for the revolution, Lee was captured and the loyal and capable General John Sullivan took over Lee’s troops.

Believing the game to be “pretty nearly up,” Washington decided to take drastic action. He planned a mission that was tactically simple but a huge gamble. He would personally lead a force of just under 2,500 men cross the river and then march toward Trenton where they would wage a dawn attack on the enemy garrisoned in the town.

Washington had several factors in his favor. No one expected the Continental army to cross the icy river and then march several miles in blinding snow, sleet, and hail on bloody, frostbitten feet. The Continental army was considered to be inferior, in numbers and capability, to the British army. And, most certainly, no one expected the battle weary Americans to attack the British army at Christmas.

Around 8:00 a.m. on December 26, the Continental army rushed Trenton in a surprise attack where they encountered Hessian defenders still groggy from Christmas Day celebration. During the hour long battle, hundreds of Hessians fled while nearly 1000 surrendered. Only four Americans were killed.

Washington’s victorious army was soon marching back along the river road with captives and confiscated weapons, ammunition, and other desperately needed stores to the waiting boats and the return crossing to New Jersey.

Days later when many enlistments were up, Washington rode out to meet the troops and implored them to reenlist. “My brave fellows, you have done all I asked you to do, and more than could be reasonably expected, but your country is at stake … The present is emphatically the crisis which is to decide our destiny.”

Spurred on by the recent victory in Trenton, many did renew their enlistments and went on to more wins against the British including a second battle at Trenton on January 2 and one at Princeton on January 3.

Now here we are 244 years later, in December 2020, facing a crisis that decides the destiny of America. One can’t help but notice the parallels between events and circumstances surrounding General George Washington and President Donald Trump.

Like General Washington, President Trump has been undercut by his own staff and even his own party. As did the Congress of 1776, so have many members of our U.S. Congress continually thwarted the efforts of Trump to protect our freedom. The Republican party, supposedly the party of limited government, has been complicit in expanding the size and breadth of federal government, with resulting tyranny. Republicans have been complicit in allowing millions of not only illegal but legal immigrants to enter this nation – immigrants whose values nearly always skew liberal while some openly plan for Sharia – Islamic law -- to takeover our Republic.  

Few colonials were engaged in the fight for their own freedom from tyranny, leaving it to the colonial governments and militia.  Today few Americans have risen up against an abusive government, even one that for nine months has kept us locked down in our homes and businesses shuttered -- supposedly to spread the spread of a "pandemic" while power hungry elites violate their own rules.

The sellout by weak colonial patriots for a “pardon” and continued control by a tyrannical government is a familiar cadence of those Republicans marching in lockstep to accept the results of a fraudulent election. Their actions will hand control of our nation over to tyrannical communist leadership.

Just as the British and even the colonists underestimated Washington, so do both Democrats and Republicans underestimate the brilliance of Trump as a strategist. As for the election of 2020 and the future of America, perhaps we should remember, “It’s not over ‘til the fat lady sings.”

 

The Link Between Donald Trump and George Washington

By Carole Hornsby Haynes December 27, 2020 Published at American Thinker

The parallels of people and events of 244 years ago are eerily similar to those of today. By December 1776, the once giddy prospects of American colonists winning their independence from England had grown dim. In December 2020, the prospect of America remaining a free nation hangs in the balance.

Remembering Walter E. Williams, Confederate Patriot

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, December 7, 2020

The legendary “freedom fighter,” brilliant economist, and long time columnist, Walter E. Williams died on December 2 at the age of 84. Brilliant, witty, and incisive, he was one of the most influential conservative thinkers of our time.

Professor Williams showed early in life that he would march to his own drumbeat when, after being drafted, he was “kicked out of the U.S. Armynot dishonorably discharged –for being too much of a smartass and independent thinker”

Why Does the Left Want to Cancel Our Culture?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes December 3, 2020

Despite public anger over our history being wiped out, lawmakers from both parties continue to dismantle our nation’s culture to appease the woke crowd. Allowing it to continue unchecked has America teetering on the edge of a cliff overlooking a Satanic abyss.

Why Are Chinese Schools Open and American Schools Closed?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes November 29, 2020

In China, public schools are open for K-12 students who are are learning in-person while many American schools are closed, despite the science that shows students and teachers are not infecting each other. American teacher unions are the most vociferous of voices to continue the shutdown of publicly funded schools.

The American Pilgrims’ Disastrous Experiment in Socialism

By Carole Hornsby Haynes November 24, 2020

Four hundred years ago this month, a group of devout but daring Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic to the New World to escape religious persecution and the repression of the English government.

Mayflower Compact Day: The Foundation of American Liberty

By Carole Hornsby Haynes November 11, 2020

It was 400 years ago today, November 11, 1620, that 41 Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact on board the Mayflower as it lay anchored in the harbor of what is now Provincetown. With the change in the calendar in 1752, the date now corresponds to November 21.

The ‘Northern War of Aggression’ Against the South Rages On With Biden’s Policies

By Carole Hornsby Haynes November 5, 2020   Education Views

Since the founding of our nation, the South has been exploited economically by Northern liberals. That pattern continues with Joe Biden’s economic policies that are a “de facto war against the high-growth red states of the South and the Sunbelt.”

The Alamo, American Historical Landmarks Under U.N. Control

By Carole Hornsby Haynes October 22, 2020

In 2015 five Spanish Colonial Missions including the Alamo, “Cradle of Texas Liberty,” were designated a World Heritage Site with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The designation decision was made without the consent of Texans. In an end-run around Texans, the National Park Service obligated Texans’ time, property rights and money to something over which they have no say.

Cancel Public Education, Not Christopher Columbus

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. October 12, 2020

The attacks on our culture continue on this federal holiday that honors Christopher Columbus. Dozens of cities and states have stopped celebrating Columbus Day and some have even replaced it with Indigenous People's Day.

Texas Republicans Support Biden With More Jihadi Training Camps

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. September 30, 2020

In his speech at the summit organized by Emgage, the Muslim American political action committee, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said, "I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith.” He blamed President Trump for “an unconscionable rise in Islamophobia.”

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Black Lives Matter

By Carole Hornsby Haynes   September 21, 2020

On September 22, 1862, one hundred fifty seven years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed an executive order that led the way to radical organizations like Black Lives Matter and "white guilt."

Should Trump Defund Schools Pushing 1619 Project?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. September 8, 2020

“The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was.” ~ The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by Milan Kunedera

President Trump has threatened to defund any schools that teach the 1619 Project, a collection of essays, short fiction, and poems by the New York Times that claims 1619, not 1776, is the true date of our founding because that’s when the first slave ship arrived in the American colonies.

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