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Thomas Paine

The power of words: Common Sense

Note that this post was originally published in 1-9-13 On this day in 1776 Thomas Paine published his pamphlet “Common Sense.”  This 47-page pamphlet made the arguments in favor of American independence.  Mr. Paine’s use of plain language spoke to the common people of America. It was also the first published pamphlet that openly argued for independence.  The powerful words of Mr. Paine helped galvanize a movement that before Common Sense was published was a scattered grumbling at best. Paine fundamentally changed the tenor of colonists’ argument with the crown when he wrote the following:  “Europe, and not England, is […]

The Sunshine Patriot: When it becomes personal

How many of you know conservatives or people who claim they want to do the necessary things to save the republic?  They spout off about reining in the government and cutting spending.   They demand entitlement reform and a government that functions within the scope of its constitutional parameters.  They slam politicians who tax and spend and wave Gadsden Flags to show their patriotic spirit.  Yes that’s right they talk the talk that is until it becomes personal or in some way impacts them.  These are the modern day “sunshine patriots” that Thomas Paine spoke of back during that difficult winter […]

The American Crisis

From 1776 to 1783 Thomas Paine published sixteen pamphlets known as The American Crisis.  These pamphlets were crafted to inspire the colonists during the turbulent times of the American Revolution.  The first was released on December 23, 1776.  What makes this pamphlet so vital in our country’s history is that Thomas Paine crafted the right words for the right time during the early days of our struggle for independence.  Those words inspired General Washington into action.  The pamphlet, was read aloud to the Continental army on December 23, 1776, two days before the Battle of Trenton.  The first paragraph from it was a call for courage and […]