posted on Jun, 4 2009 @ 11:52 AM
I've been reading some of the writings of Thomas Paine beyond the standard "Common Sense", and am struck by some of the parallels to the modern
Having the benefit of an education as to the results of these conditions and thoughts past, I find some of these writings to be striking. For
" I am thus far a Quaker, that I would gladly agree with all the world to lay aside the use of arms, and settle matter by negotiation; but unless the
whole will, the matter ends, and I take up my musket and thank heaven he has put it in my power."
"Whoever considers the unprincipled enemy we have to cope with, will not hesitate to declare that nothing but arms or miracles can reduce them to
reason and moderation. They have lost sight of the limits of humanity."
"The Americans, quoth this Qixote of modern days, will not fight ; therefore we will. His Lordship's plan, when analized amounts to this. These
people are either too superstitiously religious or too cowardly for arms; they either cannot or dare not defend ; their property is open to any one
who has the courage to attack them."
"Our enemies have mistaken our peace for cowardice, and supposing us unarmed have begun the attack."
All quotes from Thomas Paine, "Thoughts on Defensive Warfare", 1775
It appears to me, from these quotes and other writings of Paine, that the conditions and common thought, on both sides of the issues, of those times
closely parallel these.
'Scuse me while I go clean my musket.