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Friday, June 24, 2005

A Quote to Contemplate

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"As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as weare running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life;that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight." --Thomas Paine

3 comments:

gabrielle said...

Our children.....How many do you suppose ever heard of Thomas Paine and his writings? Of Common Sense and Age of Reason? Jefferson,Franklin and Adams, would they have gotten around to writing The Declaration of Independence without being inspired by Paine? I wonder.History books never gave him the importance and credit that was owed him for his part in our Anerican Revolution.

Goat said...

I agree GT,there is so much lacking in the teaching of history,too much rewriting and PCism.I had a great history teacher, he tought as to understand and analyze with more emphasis on grasp of the era than memorizing names or dates.

Sheepdog said...

One big problem with Tom Paine, however, was his blatant Christophobia and misoChristism. In other words, his "Age of Reason" and other writings attacked religion, in general, and Christianity, in particular. In fact, he is quoted as saying, "I disbelieve all holy men and holy books". While that would put him in good stead, today, with groups like the ACLU, NOW, HRC, and NAMBLA, e.g., his anti-Christian bigotry was loathed by many of our greatest Founding Fathers. To quote just a few, Ben Franklin excoriated his rejection of Providence and concluded with the observation, "If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be without it?", John Adams wrote, "The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity, and humanity, let the Blackguard [scoundrel, rogue] Paine say what he will", Sam Adams issued a rebuke to Paine, saying, "Do you think that your pen, or the pen of any other man, can unChristianize the mass of our citizens, or have you hopes of converting a few of them to assist you in so bad a cause?", Ben Rush wrote a friend that Paine's "Age of Reason" was "absurd and impious", John Witherspoon said Paine was "ignorant of human nature as well as an enemy to the Christian faith", John Quincy Adams declared that "Mr. Paine has departed all together from the principles of the Revolution", Patrick Henry wrote a refutation of Paine's work, which he described as "the puny efforts of Paine", Zephaniah Swift noted, "[W]e cannot sufficiently reprobate the beliefs of Thomas Paine in his attack on Christianity ...", John Jay, when speaking about the "Age of Reason" opined, "... it never appeared to me to have been written from a disinterested love of truth or of mankind", and Elias Boudinot wrote a full-length refutation of Paine's "Age of Reason" called "Age of Revelation". If you wish to review more criticism of Paine, please reference "Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion" (David Barton). Ironically, Paine was NOT an atheist, as he was quoted as saying, "I believe in one God ... and I hope for happiness beyond this life". While I mourn the rampant PC historical revisionism, I am not regretting the minimization of Paine as he really didn't represent the true spirit of our nation being built upon Judeo-Christian principles and supported by the pillars of traditional morality and family values. It's glaringly apparent that since 1962, when prayer was banned from schools and the slide into greater-and-greater secular humanism and moral relativity began accelerating that many insidious and deleterious attitudes and behaviors have gained toleration, acceptance, tacit approval, embracement, celebration, and/or legalization. Bottom line, Franklin and all the others were right, while Paine was myopically, misguidedly, and egotistically wrong. IMHO, of course.