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First Principles: An Honest Man Is Worth More To Society Than Crowned Criminals

“Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.” – Thomas Paine, in… 6 more words

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Review: Common Sense

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 defense of custom.

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First Principles: Too Much Discretionary Power Is Unwise

“We repose an unwise confidence in any government, or in any men, when we invest them officially with too much, or an unnecessary quantity of, discretionary power.” 28 more words

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First Principles: Peace Requires Strength and The Willingness To Use It

“These people are either too superstitiously religious, or too cowardly for arms; they either can not or dare not defend ; their property is open to anyone who has the courage to attack them… The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. 122 more words

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  • “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” ~Thomas Paine
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First Principles: Freedom Does Not Come For Free

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” — Thomas Paine (1777)

As Veteran’s Day approaches in this season of thankfulness and blessings, I think on the above… a lot.  36 more words

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  • “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” ~Thomas Paine (1777)
Thomas Paine