Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Return To "Common Sense"

It seems to me that what America needs today -and needs badly- is a return to good old "Common Sense". during the revolutionary period pamphleteers and broadsiders were the equivalent of today's blogger and perhaps one of the most influential of those pamphleteers was Thomas Pain and his "Common Sense".

In the first chapter of Common sense Paine has this to day about government..."Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.

Our government has been a necessary evil but in its present state -especially in light of the recent tax proposals out of Washington- this government is quickly becoming an intolerable evil.

The left and left wing politicians such as Nancy Pelosi seem unable to comprehend the fact that a growing number of Americans are getting mad as hell and aren't willing to take it any more. Witness the Tea-Party movement.

Here's what Queen Nancy had to say about this grassroots movement..."This tea party initiative is funded by the high end — we call call it astroturf, it’s not really a grassroots movement. It’s astroturf by some of the wealthiest people in America to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich instead of for the great middle class."

She's claiming that this congress is not going to tax the middle class and yet this congress has raised taxes on cigarettes, is considering an additional tax on alcohol, health benefits, and lets not forget cap and tax. These taxes will have a significant impact on the middle class especially cap and tax, which even Obama admits- will cause energy prices to sky rocket.

Pain goes on to say... "I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered..."

Our government started out in a relatively simple form -and stayed that way for over one hundred and fifty years- until the New Deal when there was an explosion of new government programs and bureaucracies.

We had another huge explosion of this madness in the sixties and I'm afraid we're having another explosion of this socialist madness today. Paine as well as all the founding fathers would be mortified to see what has become of their dream of limited government.

Today's government has become a bloated behemoth, and the politicians that populate the halls of congress and the Anointed one in the White house, seem to think their are no limits to how much power they can seize to themselves, and no limit on how much they can oppress the American people.

Yes it seems to me our country has a great need to return to the ideals of our founders and the Common Sense of writers such as Thomas Pain. This week I am devoting my posts to more expositions from this awesome work Common Sense.
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