Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | November 2, 2010


As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight. 

The scenario—if not the language—sounds quite contemporary, doesn’t it?  This was written by Thomas Paine in his famous Revolutionary War pamphlet, “Common Sense,” in 1776.  A warning, and a statement of accountability echoing down through the ages—and as relevant today as it was 234 years ago.

And another quote from Thomas Paine:

“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”

If we as a nation should lose sight of this vision, I submit, we will have lost our soul.


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