Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thomas Paine had a lot to say...............

The following is an excerpt from his Common Sense:

"The infant state of the Colonies, as it is called, so far from
being against, is an argument in favor of Independence.  We
are sufficiently numerous, and were we more so, we might be
less united.  It is a matter worthy of observation, that the more
a country is peopled, the smaller their armies are. In military
matters, the ancients far exceeded the moderns: and the
reason is evident, for trade being the consequence of population,
men become too much absorbed thereby to attend to anything
else.  Commerce diminishes the spirit, both of patriotism and
military defence.  And history sufficiently informs us, that the
bravest achievements were always accomplished in the non-age
of a nation.  With the increase of commerce, England hath lost
its spirit.  The city of London, notwithstanding its numbers, sub-
mits to continued insults with the patience of a coward.  The
more men have to lose, the less willing they are to venture.
the rich are in general slaves to fear, and submit to courtly
power with the trembling duplicity of a Spaniel."

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