Thomas Paine Delivers Common Sense in 2009

Thomas PaineWhat would Thomas Paine say about the state of affairs in America today?

Who is Thomas Paine, you ask? Don’t worry, I wasn’t too clear on what his accomplishments were except that he was a founding father and made some famous quotes. But today I learned a little bit more about the man and his role in the American Revolution and our Declaration of Independence.

He wrote “Common Sense“, the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain. This is a pamphlet that is easy to read & comprehend. It will give you a clear idea of what the mindset was of our forefathers at the time of our nation’s birth as a Free Country.

I encourage you to print out the whole document…read it and absorb the content. Then read it to your children and talk to them about it. While it’s printing, go ahead and watch this video, a dramatic presentation of what Thomas Paine might have to say in this day and age given our current situation. It’s very inspiring.

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6 thoughts on “Thomas Paine Delivers Common Sense in 2009

  1. anon

    Well, here are some of my favorite Thomas Paine quotes. He was a great man.

    It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.
    — Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (which contains no pagination or source citations)

    There is scarcely any part of science, or anything in nature, which those imposters and blasphemers of science, called priests, as well Christians as Jews, have not, at some time or other, perverted, or sought to pervert to the purpose of superstition and falsehood.
    — Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (which contains no pagination or source citations)

    The study of theology, as it stands in Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on nothing; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing and admits of no conclusion.
    — Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (1793-5), quoted from Jonathon Green, The Cassell Dictionary of Cynical Quotations

    Everything wonderful in appearance has been ascribed to angels, to devils, or to saints. Everything ancient has some legendary tale annexed to it. The common operations of nature have not escaped their practice of corrupting everything.
    — Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (which contains no pagination or source citations)

    No falsehood is so fatal as that which is made an article of faith.
    — Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (which contains no pagination or source citations)

    Of all the tyrannies that afflict mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. Every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in, but this attempts a stride beyond the grave and seeks to pursue us into eternity.
    — Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (which contains no pagination or source citations)

    What is it the New Testament teaches us? To believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married; and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.
    — Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (1794)

    The Bible: a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind.
    — Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (1793-5), quoted from Jonathon Green, The Cassell Dictionary of Cynical Quotations

    The Christian system of religion is an outrage on common sense.
    — Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (which contains no pagination or source citations)

    The Bible is a book that has been read more, and examined less, than any book that ever existed.
    — Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (which contains no pagination or source citations)

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  2. Grozet

    I imagine Anon was being sarcastic.

    I agree Paine was instrumental in that he was one of the first to call for a break from England, but that same revolutionary instinct he had also led him to advocate many outlandish left wing ideas.

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  3. mark wilensky

    I’m a fifth-grade teacher in Colorado, and an intrical part of teaching civics is providing students with our primary sources: the founding documents. This is critical in understanding what “We the People” really means. Today, as they did over 230 years ago, those documents instill in students the belief that all our voices are important. Everyone of our citizens are given the right to pursue liberty. Futures do not have to be inevitable and “Little voices” can make dramatic impacts on events. That is Thomas Paine’s greatest contribution to our country. His pamphlet, Common Sense, spoke to all the voices in the 13 colonies during a time of great fear and indecision. He gave a vast number of citizens a vision of what each could do, 176 days before the Declaration of Independence. A belief that power should radiate from the citizens. That message is still paramount to all our students today. For that pamphlet alone, Paine needs to be recognized as a integral part of the American miracle.

    Mark Wilensky,
    author of “The Elementary Common Sense of Thomas Paine: An Interactive Adaptation for All Ages”

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