If you haven’t, you should read David McCullough’s book “1776” and then you’ll understand why George Washington is qualified to say things like this:
We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times. ~ George Washington, letter to Philip Schuyler, 1777
First posted November 20, 2013.