Thursday, November 12, 2015

We have to be like Thomas Paine


   On January 29, 1737, Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England. His father, a corseter, had grand visions for his son, but by the age of 12, Thomas had failed out of school. The young Paine began apprenticing for his father, but again, he failed. So, now age 19, Paine went to sea. This adventure didn't last too long, and by 1768 he found himself as an excise (tax) officer in England. Thomas didn't exactly excel at the role, getting discharged from his post twice in four years, but as an inkling of what was to come, he published The Case of the Officers of Excise (1772), arguing for a pay raise for officers. In 1774, by happenstance, he met Benjamin Franklin in London, who helped him emigrate to Philadelphia.
    Paine lived the American dream before there was an American dream. Having failed job after job trying to find himself he set sail for the colonies. Paine was awful at every job except one, writing. Paine was embraced by the rebellion against Britain, and patriotism for this new idea which was a country governed by the people. Paine wrote during the American revolution two legendary works Common Sense and The American Crisis.
    The American Crisis is a collection of articles written by Thomas Paine during the American Revolutionary War. In 1776 Paine wrote Common Sense, an extremely popular and successful pamphlet arguing for Independence from England. General Washington found the first essay of the American Crisis so inspiring, he ordered that it be read to the troops at Valley Forge.
December 23, 1776

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 by 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. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God. - Thomas Paine 

     Today more than ever we need to be like Thomas Paine. We truly live in a time where the first passage of the American Crisis is more true today then it has ever been. Patriots need to rise up and let their voices be heard. Screaming from the rooftops of social media. Thwarting the mainstream liberal media and social media hoaxes. Educating the low information voter of the dangers he or she are in. Patriots need to blog, comment, use facts, and educate the uneducated. Patriots need to embrace love of country, nationalism, what makes America Great! Use the internet as the greatest weapon of United States Patriotism the world has ever seen. Stop the liberal media in their tracks and never apologize for it! Never ever back down from a liberal. Make the liberal back down. This isn't about left and right it is about what is right and what is wrong. If one man during the revolution could inspire a new nation fighting for independence then imagine thousands of Thomas Paine like writers inspiring millions in this Great Nation we call the United States of America!

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