Sunday, July 05, 2009

Common Sense by Thomas Paine (28/53)

Returning to the continuing piece on one of our Founding Fathers (you know... the gentlemen who got along swimmingly with their contemporaries, such as King George III), I offer the 28th installment of Common Sense.

Having been written anonymously by a non-member of the Political Class - Thomas Paine - I'm a firm believer that anonymity is a good thing. I just wish that members of today's Political Class had the courage to put their John Hancock on their writings. Unfortunately, they rarely do.

As to government matters, it is not in the power of Britain to do this continent justice: The business of it will soon be too weighty, and intricate, to be managed with any tolerable degree of convenience, by a power, so distant from us, and so very ignorant of us; for if they cannot conquer us, they cannot govern us. To be always running three or four thousand miles with a tale or a petition, waiting four or five months for an answer, which when obtained requires five or six more to explain it in, will in a few years be looked upon as folly and childishness — There was a time when it was proper, and there is a proper time for it to cease.

Ha! It kinda reminds me of today's present day federal government.

Tim White

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