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The power of words: Common Sense

On this day in 1776 Thomas Paine published his pamphlet “Common Sense.”  This 47-page pamphlet made the arguments in favor of American independence.  Mr. Paine’s use of plain language spoke to the common people of America. It was also the first published pamphlet that openly argued for independence.  The powerful words of Mr. Paine helped galvanize a movement that before Common Sense was published was a scattered grumbling at best.

Paine fundamentally changed the tenor of colonists’ argument with the crown when he wrote the following:  “Europe, and not England, is the parent country of America.  This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe.  Hither they have fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.”


You can listen to the entire audio version of Common Sense below.  You will need some time because it’s about 2 hours and 15 minutes long.

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The power of words.  We must remember this when writing our articles.  The power of words can unite or divide.  They can turn a mob into a movement.  They can restore a republic.  In the next four years we’re going to face some serious challenges as a nation.  We going to see our constitution ignored.  We’re going to see more liberties stripped away from us.  And we’re going to see our beloved America begin to unravel.  The power of words can turn this around.  Think about the letter that former U.S. Marine Joshua Boston wrote to Senator Feinstein and the power of his words.

Senator Dianne Feinstein,

I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.

I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joshua Boston

H/T Daily News

The words in this letter went viral because it resonated with people.  It not only challenged her perceived authority on this matter, but it highlighted her arrogance.  It reminded people who we were as a people.  This is the power of words and how it can change the narrative.  This letter put Senator Feinstein on the defense and made her look smaller in the eyes of many.  Each day we write and publish articles that cover a wide variety of topics.  We do our best with each topic, but do our words really resonate with the people?  Are they powerful and factually sound?  I believe in the power of words.  I believe that each of us are using words each day to try to save the republic.  We must be make sure our efforts are meaningful and our words resonate with the people.  We must like Thomas Paine use the power of words to ignite a movement to restore the republic.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire January 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I wonder if today’s Americans would listen to a modern day Thomas Paine?

    Two excellent speakers on conservative ideals are Judge Andrew Napolitano and Bill Whittle. Fox dropped Napolitano’s program and now he is on occaisions a guest on other Fox programs. Whittle is only invited to speak to conservative groups. How do we get those with the best words heard by more Americans?
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    • John Carey January 10, 2013 at 5:24 AM

      Jim back then there was a great deal of division. You had those who desired independence and those who felt such talk was treasonous. Then you had a swath of people who didn’t care either way. That’s the people Paine was targeting and that’s who we need to target. The hardcore left will not change because they have no desire to change. They believe what they believe and that’s it! It’s the fluid middle we must get to. These are people who feel something is not quite right but they’re unsure where to pinpoint the cause. These are the folks we need to focus on with our message of freedom and liberty.

  • Steve Dennis January 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Thanks for posting this John, I didn’t realize today was the day Common Sense was published. Words are powerful, aren’t they. Sadly Obama uses words to divide Americans along lines of gay versus straight, rich versus power, and black versus white.
    Being like Thomas Paine isn’t going to be easy but it is something we must all strive to accomplish in our writings.
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    • John Carey January 10, 2013 at 5:29 AM

      Words are indeed powerful and Obama knows this. And unfortunately he uses his oratory gifts to spread misinformation and divide the people. This is the only way the left wins my friend. They can’t win with the truth so they opt for misinformation and distractions. Common Sense was Paine’s attempt to cut through all the misinformation and distraction and appeal to people’s common sense. It worked, just like the letter Joshua Boston wrote to Senator Feinstein. When your words are measured with a touch of passion people will listen.

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  • proof January 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    OMG! Wrds R powRful. That’s Y U S has nthing 2 fear. LOL /sarc
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