Most of us studied the American Revolution to some degree in school. So, names like Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, Sam and John Adams, George Washington, and John Hancock are recognizable. However, probably the one person that was most responsible for whipping up support for the revolution was Thomas Paine.
Thomas Paine wrote a series of pamphlets under the general headings of “Common Sence” and “The Rights of Man”‘. These sold out as fast as they could be printed and were even read out in town squares and church services to those that couldn’t read. One of the pamphlets, published on December 23, 1776, stated in part: “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly….”. That capsule of wisdom applies today as well as it did in 1776. So what do we esteem too lightly in today’s world? How about these items for starters:
Our country’s freedom. Paid for by those in our military that give their lives over to that cause. But it is free for us.
- Freedom to move around our cities and states in relative safety. Paid for by our local, county, and state police. But it is free for us.
- Freedom to buy an unending list of goods, foods, and services. Paid for by parents, or government. But free for us.
- Freedom to plan our lives and careers with no oversight from the government. Paid for by our capitalist form of economics. But free for us.
- Freedom to vote for the persons we feel best qualified to hold elected positions. Paid for by our forefathers in setting up and maintaining a republican type of government. But free for us.
These things and many others we have come to esteem too lightly as proven by our willingness to allow far left people and organizations to rape, murder, burn, rob, and riot. The rioting in Minnianapolis (and then spread) has been long in the making. It has been carefully planned and funded. It just needed a spark to hold up as a cause. The reality is that the planners believe in the theory that no crisis should be allowed to go to waste.
The fact of the matter is that it is only a tiny percent of the population that are marching around burning and looting. The rest of the population watches. We watch while a relative handful of well-funded organizers go about stealing our society, our form of government, and our freedoms.
As Thomas Paine further wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls”.