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Thomas Paine is Back!!

Not sure if any of you have seen any previous videos by Dr, Bob Basso, but he is a Thomas Paine impersonator and speaks wonderfully of Common Sense. This is his latest, just-released YouTube video!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeYscnFpEyA
I hope you find it as inspiring as I do....I wish I knew how to embed the video for you all....



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Loved his first one

This one will go viral too!

Finally, I've Been Waiting Centuries!

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"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

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"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

Waaay cool!!

Thanks, Steve...a very nice chronology.

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BC
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
Alexis DeTocqueville (1805 - 1859)

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BC
Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

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He was the 1st to write these words:The United States of America

My old thread about Paine that needs to be read again by all.

He was the first to suggest a union of the colonies.
He was not a politician.

To him belongs the honor and glory of having written the first Proclamation of Emancipation in America -- Paine the first, Lincoln the last.
On the 2d day of November, 1779, there was introduced into the Assembly of Pennsylvania an act for the abolition of slavery. The preamble was written by Thomas Paine.

Before the Declaration of Independence was issued, he had written of and about the Free and Independent States of America.
He had also spoken of the United Colonies as the "Glorious Union," and he was the first to use these words: "The United States of America."

So great were these appeals to patriotism, to the love of liberty, the pride of independence, the glory of success, that it was said by some of the best and greatest of that time that the American cause owed as much to the pen of Paine as to the sword of Washington.

The first article he ever wrote in America, and the first ever published by him anywhere, appeared in that magazine on the 8th of March, 1775. It was an attack on American slavery -- a plea for the rights of the negro. In that article will be found substantially all the arguments that can be urged against that most infamous of all institutions. Every line is full of humanity, pity, tenderness, and love of justice. Five days after this article appeared the American Anti-Slavery Society was formed.

At that time great interests were against him. The owners of slaves became his enemies, and the pulpits, supported by slave labor, denounced this abolitionist.

The next article published by Thomas Paine, in the same magazine, and for the next month, was an attack on the practice of dueling, showing that it was barbarous, that it did not even tend to settle the right or wrong of a dispute, that it could not be defended on any just grounds, and that its influence was degrading and cruel. The civilized world now agrees with the opinions of Thomas Paine upon that barbarous practice.

In May, 1775, appeared in the same magazine another article written by Thomas Paine, a Protest Against Cruelty to Animals. He began the work that was so successfully and gloriously carried out by Henry Bergh, one of the noblest, one of the grandest, men that this continent has produced.

Paine had made some enemies, first, by attacking African slavery, and, second, by insisting upon the sovereignty of the Nation.

Who argued for women's right before anyone else, except Jesus?

In August of the same year he wrote a plea for the Rights of Woman, the first ever published in the New World. Certainly he should not be hated for that.

One of the grandest things done by Thomas Paine was his effort to save the life of Louis XVI.

Paine: "The world is my country, to do good, my religion"

-- if the people only knew all this -- the truth -- they would repeat the words of Andrew Jackson:

"Thomas Paine needs no monument made with hands; he has erected a monument in the hearts of all lovers of liberty."

http://www.thomaspaine.or...

"...whoever wrote the Declaration, Thomas Paine was its author," surely a recognition that the founding document was, at the very least, inspired by Paine's Common Sense, published in January 1776.

Who wrote the "anti-slave clause," which did not find its way into the Declaration?

Jefferson did not submit the original draft of the Declaration of Independence to the members of the Continental Congress. They were not aware of the existence of the slavery clause. The members had no opportunity to discuss it. They did not vote upon it.[4]

If the anti-slavery clause had been written by Jefferson, and it expressed his views on slavery, why would he not stand by it in the Congress?
Jefferson in his life never freed a slave and freed only three upon his death.

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Selected Writings and take note of the dates:

African Slavery in America, 1775 — Argued for abolition of slavery.
An Occasional Letter On The Female Sex, 1775 — Argued for rights of women.
Common Sense, 1776 — Argued for independence of the American colonies from Britain.
The American Crisis, 1783 — Collection of pamphlets to sustain the revolution.
1. — I. The American Crisis, December 23, 1776
2. — II. To Lord Howe, Philadelphia, January 13, 1777
3. — III. To the honorable the Council of Safety of the State of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April 19, 1777
4. — IIIb. To the honorable the Council of Safety of the State of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April 19, 1777
5. — IV. Philadelphia, Sept. 12, 1777
6. — V. To General Sir William Howe
7. — Vb. To The Inhabitants Of America, Lancaster, March 21, 1778
8. — VI. To the Earl of Carlisle, General Clinton, and William Eden, Esq., British Commissioners at New York, Philadelphia, Oct. 20, 1778
9. — VII. To the People of England, Philadelphia, Nov. 21, 1778
10.— VIII. Address to the People of England, Philadelphia, March, 1780
11. — IX. Philadelphia, June 9, 1780
12. — IXb. The Crisis Extraordinary. On the Subject of Taxation., Philadelphia, Oct. 4, 1780
13. — X. On the King of England's Speech
14. --- Xb. To the People of America. On the expenses, arrangements and disbursements for carrying on the war, and finishing it with honor and advantage, Philadelphia, March 5, 1782
15. — XI. On the present State of News, Philadelphia, May 22, 1782
16. — XIb. A Supernumerary Crisis. To Sir Guy Carleton, Philadelphia, May 31, 1782
17. — XII. To the Earl of Shelburne, Philadelphia, Oct. 29, 1782
18. — XIII. Thoughts on the Peace, and the probable Advantages thereof, Philadelphia, April 19, 1783
19. — XIIIb. A Supernumerary Crisis. To the People of America, New York, December 9, 1783
* Text Version Rights of Man, 1792.
First Part — Reply to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France
Second Part — Combining Principle and Practice
The Trial of Thomas Paine for a Libel, 1792 — British government prosecuted Paine for his comments thought critical of it in The Rights of Man.
Age of Reason, 1794 — Criticized organized religion and advocated deism.
Agrarian Justice, 1795 — Proposed program for England of land reform and pensions for the aged.

Paine is one of my heros.

I can remember as a little kid reading excerpts of Common Sense in school.

Thanks for your thoughts and chronology.

h-daddy

cool

=)

A shameful self-bump...

Here is the link for Dr. Basso's video from last summer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKFKGrmsBDk

This is wonderful and inspiring watching!!

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BC
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
Alexis DeTocqueville (1805 - 1859)

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BC
Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

Bump for gripping video

Can't say i agree with all of it, but it does make my blood boil.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

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bcfast: Some people may not have seen the original video...

of Thomas Paine per Bob Basso. Bump for You and Thomas Paine!

2.5 million hits:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKFKGrmsBDk