Thomas Paine: 1776

   These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from service of their country, but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of men and women. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

For I have sworn on the Altar of God eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

Thomas Jefferson

The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have and will arise which are not local but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected and in the event of which their affections are interested. The laying a country desolate with fire and sword, declaring war against the natural rights of all mankind, and extirpating the defenders therof from the face of the earth is the concern of every man to whom nature has given the power of feeling, of which class, regardless of party censure, is the

Author

Thomas Paine, Common Sense

   ‘Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them…Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is that they are touchstones of sincerity and hypocricy, and bring things and men to light which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. In fact, they have the same effect on secret traitors which an imaginary apparition would have upon a private murderer. They sift out the hidden thoughts of man and hold them up in public to the world

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

   Our current crisis has been a while brewing, built up of many problems long railed against without effect- The internet integrity problem, payoffs to offices called “campaign Contributions,” prescription drug abuse, violations of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments, education that aims only at wealth and power, the intimidation of organized crime, etc. We have warned of this coming tyranny, and now it is upon us. Our elected leaders have been deaf to our foresight, and now the blood will be on the pavement, as seems necessary for democracies to react. Perhaps now these things can be fixed, if we have a future in which to fix them.

3 thoughts on “Thomas Paine: 1776

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s