Why listen to this most influential pamphlet?
Well, there are a number of important reasons. First, if you have not noticed, we are losing liberty at the speed of light. The coming economic collapse is about to make that woefully clear. Thomas Jefferson said, "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." Only when a critical mass of people understand the simple truths that make for liberty will we regain ground in the cause of freedom. When people feel the pain of tyranny but have their minds refreshed with these freedom friendly truths they will be guided out of their distress rather than remain under it to suffer further injury. This will benefit us all.
Second, America is predominantly Christian, but this is in name only. Most so called Christians are controlled by a mindless and destructive thought process that endangers us all. Many so called Christians believe it is our duty to submit to government without any limits. Not only do they practice this godless form of submission, but they advocate others to do the same resulting in many falling into the pit after them. Common Sense has a very effective Bible Study in it dispelling this dangerous mindset. To encourage Christians to read it I ask them, "Did you know that Common Sense has a Bible Study in it on kings? It does, it really does. Read it and tell me it doesn't." After reading it, most "Christians" will begin to change their way of thinking. I know because I was such a Christian and Common Sense changed my way of thinking.
Finally, Common Sense may be an old document but many of the problems we face today were dealt with in that eternal document. One such problem is apathy. Widespread apathy is probably the biggest cause of discouragement for those that care about the course of our nation, but apathy posed the same dilemma 230 years ago as well. In fact Thomas Jefferson alluded to apathy in the Declaration of Independence when he said, "that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." And Common Sense wasn't the only pamphlet to be circulated in its day. In fact, over 2000 other pamphlets were written and distributed in an attempt to wake the people up and move them from despondency to action. Although Common Sense reached only 20% of the people, this seemingly small readership, along with the help of the other pamphlets, proved to be good enough.
So, if I could I would move April Fool's Day to April 15 and make April 1st Common Sense Day and challenge people to read the pamphlet. In doing this I wonder what creative ways we could celebrate the new April Fool's Day on April 15. Maybe we could show the Aaron Russo movie, America: Freedom to Fascism. It is an excellent documentary on the Federal Reserve and our Tax System that somberly points out that there is no law for the average person to pay federal income taxes. As a nation of laws this little fact surely paints us out to be a nation of fools. I'm not to happy about that; knowing this kind of takes the fun out of the day, but maybe it will ultimately lead to something better.
So, can I ask you to do something?
- For April 1st, proclaim it Common Sense Day and listen to Thomas Paine's influential message, Common Sense.
- On April 15th watch America: Freedom to Fascism.
- Let others know so they can update their calendars too.
Interesting Facts and Figures
If you listened to Common Sense, and then forwarded this message to 3 others who did the same tomorrow and so on each day until April 15, do you realize how many people you would have exposed to this important information? In just 16 days you will have reached 20% of the American population. (I wonder what Thomas Paine would have thought about that.) And just 3 days after that you will have reached 20% of the world population! A pretty mighty click of the mouse wouldn't you say? Maybe this is going to be a BIG revolution.