Thomas Paine is one of the greatest revolutionists in history. Funny how I never came across his name or pamphlets until I randomly picked his book up at the book store. He speaks from the heart, he speaks with courage, he speaks with common sense. Paine has endless quotes about America and the forced tyranny from Europe and Britain. Speaking about not only hereditary kings, but lack of reasoning and vile intentions of government. A book written in 1776, but so detailed and well written as if it were today. Just goes to show you how long this control over the people has been implemented.
He wanted something greater for America. He despised anything that limited our rights. “Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself, in all cases, as the ages and generation which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave, is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies.” Millions of people are in debt, born into a democracy set up for failure. “In the early ages of the world, according to scripture chronology, there were no kings; the consequence of which was, there were no wars, it is the pride of kings which throw mankind into confusion.” To think we have family members that die not for our rights, but for pride of a king, is disturbing.
He goes on to explain that hereditary rule was started by the heathens. “It was the most prosperous invention the devil ever set foot on for the promotion of idolatry.” Just look around, everything is based on some form of idolatry, from celebrities, to presidents, to materials. Many don’t understand that America is still ran by Great-Britain. Thomas Paine states that he has heard it asserted by some that, “America hath flourished under her former connexion is necessary with Great-Britain, that the same connexion is necessary towards her future happiness, and will always have the same effect. Then goes on to compare this treatment to a baby who grew up on milk shall never eat meat. As if growth, separation, and prosperity is impossible without it. He truly believed America would have flourished had no European power ever intervened.
There are many more quotes and truths that Thomas Paine speaks of in his pamphlets. After taking a look at his writing, I see why his work isn’t promoted or talked about much. You’d think otherwise knowing he was a big contributor to the American Revolution and the French Revolution. A better world was all he wanted. Yet, here I am writing about him, still spreading his work in hopes of the same thing. Paine spoke from within. If he was never rightfully honored, he his now.