Contrasting behavior today with this day in history

Washington at the Battle of Trenton

On this day in 1776 in freezing weather the Continental Army overwhelmed Hessian forces — still groggy from their Christmas imbibing — and captured the town Of Trenton, New Jersey.

The This Day in History website recounts:

Although the victory was minor from a strategic perspective, it bore tremendous significance for the future of the Continental Army. Washington needed a success before his solders’ enlistments expired on December 31 — without a dramatic upswing in morale, he was likely to lose the soldiers under his command and be unable to recruit new men to replace them. The victories at Trenton and a few days later at Princeton proved to the American public that their army was indeed capable of victory and worthy of support.

The image of ragged farm-boy Patriots defeating drunken foreign mercenaries has become ingrained in the American imagination. Then as now, Washington’s crossing and the Battle of Trenton were emblematic of the American Patriots’ surprising ability to overcome the tremendous odds they faced in challenging the wealthy and powerful British empire.

Today we celebrate the bravery of Mesquite theater goers who faced down the threat of having their iPhones hacked by a North Korean dictator in order to view a slapstick, l0w-brow comic movie, while million-dollar jet fighters bomb 13th century lunatics from 30,000 feet in the Middle East and our economic sanctions drive up the cost of bread in Moscow and our president unilaterally normalizes relations with a totalitarian regime in the Caribbean.


6 comments on “Contrasting behavior today with this day in history

  1. Rincon says:

    The goals of the Revolutionary War were far more impelling than those of our most recent wars.

  2. Athos says:

    That’s true in hindsight, Rin. And only for about 40% of the population back then (40% were for the British, and the rest didn’t care)

    We need to speak the truth. Especially coming from our “leaders”. Pinocchio is such a liar that “if” he ever uttered a truth (a la Gruber), our society wouldn’t believe him!

  3. Rincon says:

    Then as now, it was hard to get a big majority to agree about much of anything.

    I don’t think “Pinocchio” has that big an impact on our societal inability to discern truth. I mean, after all, he’s the President so nobody trusts him anyway. I mostly blame the media, including the Internet.

  4. Steve says:

    The media is NOT the internet. Nor is the reverse.

    The internet is nothing more than a tool. A tool which can used in just a many wrong ways as any other tool.

  5. Rincon says:

    Try Googling media definition Steve. Here’s the first hit.

    noun: media; plural noun: media; noun: the media

    1. plural form of medium.
    2. the main means of mass communication (especially television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet) regarded collectively.
    “the campaign won media attention”
    synonyms: the press, the fourth estate, the news, the papers;

    We have so much freedom of speech that it’s very difficult for the average person to establish truth because we’re surrounded by lies, exaggerations, obfuscations and the like.

  6. Steve says:

    Ahh..takeover by redefinition.

    Used to be the internet (arcnet) was a tool. Not a mass media “information” outlet.

    The old days are gone.

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