This essay is BRILLIANT! It also shows more of Paine's history than I'd known before. I'll have to look it up. What a lot of trouble this could've saved. On the other hand, it would've endangered the livelihood of many in the southern colonies and made it more difficult to unite them against Britain, so who knows? Weep for the lost opportunity. This is worth reading. Ron P.
'The American Crisis;' 250 years after Thomas Paine
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(...) Of all our great founders whose ideas he wanted for America, Ronald Reagan quoted the one who was not honored as a founder, Thomas Paine. Although he inspired and unified the colonies with enlightenment teachings, Paine was considered too radical to attend the Convention of 1787. And his insight into our socio-political future was never reflected in the writing of our Constitution.
In 1774, Ben Franklin told Thomas Paine he was needed in the New World. Within months Paine was editor of the Philadelphia Magazine, where he penned the ideals that unified the colonies and brought them to revolt. Paine wrote, “America was in a crisis.” Until they had undivided unity, they’d never become a nation.
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” – Thomas Paine