This day in history: Common Sense 1776
It's on my reading list too.
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 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: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.But I recommend the Glen Beck version (Common Sense 2009). It comes with a copy of the original, and you get an updated and I would say another powerful argument regarding our increasingly tyrannical government, that has forgotten how to rule of the people, by the people, and for the people.