Why Americans will not fight today's tyranny and oppression:

  1. Today's generation of Americans doesn't know right from wrong.

    "Perhaps the sentiments constained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, Introduction, Par. 1
  2. Today's generation of Americans doesn't know that "government by the people" requires a king.

    "But where, says some, is the king of America? I'll tell you friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the royal brute of Britain. Yet that we may not appear to be defective even in earthly honors, let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth and placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING. For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. But lest any ill use should afterwards arise, let the crown at the conclusion of the ceremony de demolished, and scattered among the people whose right it is." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, p. 36, quoting Dragonetti
  3. Today's generation of Americans has abandoned their faith in Christ and put their faith in "Business".

    "Commerce diminishes the spirit, both of patriotism and military defence. ... With the increase of commerce, England hath lost its spirit. The city of London, notwithstanding its numbers, submits to continued insults with the patience of a coward. The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture. The rich are in general slaves to fear, and submit to courtly power with the trembling duplicity of a spaniel." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, p.46
  4. Today's generation of Americans, the "Me" generation, cares only for themselves, now, and nothing for the future.

    "It hath been reported of the late Mr. Pelham (who tho' an able minister was not without his faults) that on being attacked on the score, that his measures were only of a temporary kind, replied "They will last my time." Should a thought so fatal and unmanly possess the colonies in the present contest, the name of ancestors will be remembered by future generations with detestation." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, p. 22
  5. Today's generation of Americans sees 'injustice touching others' as TV entertainment and will never believe it will touch them, until it is to late to do anything about it.

    "It is the good fortune of many to live distant from the scene of sorrow; the evil is not sufficiently bro't to their doors to make them feel the precariousness with which all American property is possessed. But let our imaginations transport us for a few moments to Boston, that seat of wretchedness will teach us wisdom, and instruct us for ever to renounce a power in whom we can have no trust. The inhabitants of that unfortunate city, who but a few months ago were in ease and affluence, have now, no other alternative than to stay and starve, or turn out to beg. Endangered by the fire of their friends if they continue within the city, and plundered by the soldiery if they leave it. In their present condition they are prisoners without hope of redemption, and in a general attack for their relief, they would be exposed to the fury of both armies." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, pp. 27-28
  6. Today's generation of Americans has been brainwashed into thinking that fighting for any reason is wrong, and therefore can only cry peace, peace, when there is no peace, when it comes to the offenses of unGodly, unJust, and unConstitutional, executives, legislators, judges, and bureaucrats.

    "Men of passive tempers look somewhat lightly over the offences of Britain, and still hoping for the best, are apt to call out, "Come, come, we shall be friends again, for all this." But examine the passions and feelings of mankind - Bring the doctrine of reconciliation to the touchstone of nature, and then tell me, whether you can hereafter love, honor, and faithfully serve the power that hath carried fire and sword into your land? If you cannot do all these, then are you only deceiving yourselves, and by your delay bringing ruin upon posterity. Your future connection with Britain, whom you can neither love nor honor, will be forced and unnatural, and being formed only on the plan of present convenience, will in a little time fall into a relapse more wretched than the first. But if you say, you can still pass the violations over, then I ask, Hath your house been burnt? Hath your property been destroyed before your face? Are your wife and children destitute of a bed to lie on, or bread to live on? Have you lost a parent or a child by their hands, and yourself the ruined and wretched survivor? If you have not, then are you not a judge of those who have? But if you have, and still can shake hands with the murderers, then are you unworthy the name of husband, father, friend, or lover, and whatever may be your rank or title in life, you have the heart of a coward, and the spirit of a sycophant. This is not inflaming or exaggerating matters, but trying them by those feelings and affections which nature justifies, and without which, we should be incapable of dischargin the social duties of life, or enjoying the felicities of it. I mean not to exhibit horror for the purpose of provoking revenge, but to awaken us from fatal and unmanly slumbers, that we may pursue determinately some fixed object. It is not in the power of Britain or of Europe to conquer America, if she does not conquer herself by delay and timidity." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, pp. 28-29
  7. Today's generation of Americans doesn't realize that trying to petition unConstitutional judges and politicians to see the error of their ways, without being willing to use their Second Amendment rights, only flatters them and encourages more tyranny and oppresion from them. It is gratifying to be continually notified that they have unbridled power over their fellow countrymen.

    "Every quiet method for peace hath been ineffectual. Our prayers have been rejected with disdain; and only tended to convince us, that nothing flatters vanity, or confirms obstinacy in kings more than repeated petitioning ... Wherefore, since nothing but blows will do, for God's sake, let us come to a final separation, and not leave the next generation to be cutting throats, under the violated unmeaning names of parent and child." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, p. 29

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Common Sense - Thomas Paine

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