Viral. That's what he was. Thomas Paine was America's first viral writer whose pamphlet, Common Sense, enjoyed 500,000 printings in a nation of only 1.2 million souls. He was therockstar writer of the Revolution and his words ring as true now as they did in 1776.
Common Sense and her sister pamphlet, The American Crisis, were passed round in taverns. Read aloud for the benefit of the illiterate. They lit the flame of Freedom in the hearts and minds of the blacksmith, the farmer, the homemaker. “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain,” John Adams wrote.
Yet Paine himself was a complicated figure. For starters, he wasn't even American. He was English with a penchant for pissing people off wherever he went. Whistleblowers like Paine have a way of doing that.
In the course of his life, he would make America, England and France all too hot to hold him. When he passed away in 1809, only six people attended his funeral and his bones are still showing up in collectors' possession to this day.
But for the purposes of this article, we're just focusing on Paine's pamphlet, Common Sense. If words can establish a Constitutional Republic in the 1700s, then words can also save her in the 2000s. And I betcha the same words work for both circumstances. Even the titles of Paine's pamphlets are perfect. We're in dire need of Common Sense and we're damn sure in the midst of an American Crisis!
The problem is that in this frenetic day and age, few of us have ever actually read Common Sense nor The American Crisis beyond the famous, "These are the times" opening line of the latter. I certainly haven't. I have the attention span of...oh look! A squirrel!
Because I always appreciate when other people digest history for me, breaking it down into bite-sized pieces, here for your reading enjoyment are just the best parts of Common Sense (in blue font.)
Oh! And a hat tip to the printers who put their lives, fortunes and sacred honor on the line to typeset, print and stitched the Common Sense pamphlet, thereby put a target on their own backs. After working in an offset lithography print shop in my twenties, I know that printers are quiet, background men yet they wield great power! That's why Fidel Castro killed all the printers when he came to power in Cuba. He recognized their incredible power to print written words that would sway the nation against him.
And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, excerpts from Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
Trump Statistically 100% More Likely to Regain Presidency than America's Odds of Winning the Revolutionary War and Becoming a Nation!
Although it sometimes seems President Trump's path back to his rightful place in the White House is tortuously slow along this unknown road no American President has trod before...ppppfffftttt.
His battles are almost insignificant compared to thirteen plucky colonies slowly and patiently designing a nation that had never existed before, in a way no one had ever envisioned before, whilst being resisted by the most powerful military on Earth. Statistically speaking, they didn't have a prayer. Not a snowball's chance in Hell.
But Evil has no Power against the Will of God. And so, against all odds, America came into existence in such an extraordinary way that George Washington wrote to Thomas Nelson, "The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse that an infidel...more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."
As our Restoring Father, Donald Trump walks in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers, just as they succeeded by the Will of Almighty Providence, then so will President Trump and the Patriots.
And if you don't think that's true, I have a little story to tell you. The backstory behind the story of 1770s America and her War for Independence no one ever talks about.
We're all tired. All of us! I get that.
What I don't get is how demoralized some (part-time?) patriots became after SCOTUS' dismissal of the Texas case on Friday.
Big frickin' deal!
Before November 3rd, we expended an incredible amount of emotional, patriotic and spiritual energy on the pre-election fervor.
Then when the Democrats' steal was revealed on 11/3 and 11/4, we momentarily got the wind knocked out of us. But we ain't no quitters because we know that Donald J. Trump upright, forthright, downright won re-election!
The more the magnitude of the fraud was revealed by courageous whistleblowers like Richard Hopkins, the better we felt. When it reached ridiculous proportions, I got the giggles. The Dems did it so "well" they cooked their own goose! Brilliant!
Then began the court cases. Lots of 'em and only a few went our way. SCOTUS' dismissal of the Texas case on Friday, just before the Jericho March, was for some patriots the last straw.
Hopeless tweets from demoralized patriots irritate me as much as that loathsome word "hopium" implying the MAGA crowd are somehow delusional. Just putting off our inevitable disappointment because we're too fragile to face failure.
In the words of our great naval hero, John Paul Jones, "We have not yet begun to fight!"
In 1755, at the Battle of Monongahela, all weapons were aimed at General George Washington. Two horses were shot out from under him and, after the battle, he discovered four holes from musket balls in his coat.
But no one could touch him. The Chief finally told his braves to stand down as the Great Spirit was watching over General Washington reportedly saying, “he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn, will hail him as the father of a mighty empire!”
So it is with President Trump. He may not be a religious man but, I believe, He is God's chosen man "for such a time as this." No harm can or will befall him as he and Melania are enveloped in the prayers of the saints.
Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5: 16) and keep your eyes and ears pealed.
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