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Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right,...
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances hath, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all Lovers of Mankind are affected, and in the Event of which, their Affections are interested.
Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an in tolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer!
MANKIND being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance; the distinctions of rich, and poor, may in a great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh, ill-sounding names of oppression and avarice. Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches; and though avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy.
all those who espouse the doctrine of reconciliation, may be included within the following descriptions. Interested men, who are not to be trusted; weak men who cannot see; prejudiced men who will not see;
If there is any true cause of fear respecting independence it is because no plan is yet laid down. Men do not see their way out. Wherefore, as an opening into that business I offer the following hints; at the same time modestly affirming, that I have no other opinion of them myself, than that they may be the means of giving rise to something better.
When men have departed from the right way, it is no wonder that they stumble and fall. And it is evident from the manner in which ye have managed your testimony, that politics, (as a religious body of men) is not your proper Walk; for however well adapted it might appear to you, it is, nevertheless, a jumble of good and bad put unwisely together, and the conclusion drawn therefrom, both unnatural and unjust.
From Revolution to Reconstruction.
Originally posted by Jeremy_Vaeni
Who is to blame? Our lazy, satiated citizenry, that's who. In any other country, Bush stealing an election would have resulted in rioting and Bush being ousted. Here it results in changing the channel.
In any other country, the 9/11 attacks not being independently investigated with the smallest result being people getting fired--would have resulted in rioting and Bush being ousted. Here it results in buying an American flag and then changing the channel.
In any other country, all of the criminal acts of this presidency would have resulted in his ousting...Here we reelect him and then change the channel. Or if you like, he steals the election AGAIN and we change the channel.
See, in America, as long as Jon Stuart & Stephen Colbert are around to parody everything, we feel better about sliding into hell. As long as we're smart enough to get the joke, we don't mind at all, really.
Now, how did the barbarians figure out they could get away with all of this crime and Constitutional deconstruction in the first place? Simple: They tested the waters with the Iran/Contra scandal. Americans were interested for all of five seconds, mainly because Oliver North was a handsome man and nothing more.
Get this through your heads, Rest of World: Americans DO NOT CARE. If we did, we'd have done something about it. The barbarians are just a symptom of the larger problem, which is, pardon the pun, U.S.
[edit on 7-7-2008 by Jeremy_Vaeni]