This is the very principle upon which our nation was founded, people can only be free when government is limited. In December of 1775, the sentiment in the colonies was to try to compromise with a government in Great Britain whose goal was to stifle freedom in the colonies. Thomas Paine understood that compromise with tyranny is always surrendering freedom. This is why the Republican establishment has failed. They have failed to understand that freedom is always less government and never more government. The Democrats have become the Communist Party of the United States whose goal is no individual freedom but government control over the lives, choices and thoughts of the people.
The reason the Declaration of Independence was adopted was because Thomas Paine was direct and blunt about the evils of government when he wrote Common Sense. The people in the colonies that believed compromise with tyranny was wise now understood that government is never and can never be the friend of freedom, they understood that government that governs least governs best.
This is what Thomas Paine told the colonists. This what Thomas Paine is telling Americans today. The colonists listened. They became free and created a great nation. Will current day Americans listen, or will we ignore this wisdom and continue down the “The Road to Tyranny”?
"Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
"Governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind."
"Some writers have…confounded society with government…[but] Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices...The first is a patron, the last a punisher."
“We still feel the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute."
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