No Paine; No Gain

by LukeAmerica2020
Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809) was an English writer, revolutionary, and intellectual. He emigrated to the British American colonies at age 37 where he participated in the American Revolution. His principal contribution was the powerful, widely-read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), advocating colonial America’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and of The American Crisis (1776–1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as, “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.”

In the following video, Thomas Paine returns to modern times with pleas for a second revolution to take back America! Released in July, and perhaps more relevant today, this production has more than 2.3 million views on YouTube.

This video is from the FunBobBasso YouTube channel.

 

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4 Responses to No Paine; No Gain

  1. As a fifth-grade teacher in Colorado, probably the most important thing I can instill in students is the belief that all their voices are important. Their future does not have to be inevitable. “Little voices” can make dramatic impacts on events. That is Thomas Paine’s greatest contribution to our country. His pamphlet, Common Sense, spoke to all the voices in the 13 colonies during a time of great fear and indecision. He gave a vast number of citizens a vision of what each could do, 176 days before the Declaration of Independence. A belief that power should radiate from the citizens. That message is still paramount to all our students today. For that pamphlet alone, Paine needs to be recognized as a intrical part of the American miracle.

    Mark Wilensky,
    author of “The Elementary Common Sense of Thomas Paine: An Interactive Adaptation for All Ages”
    http://www.NewCommonSenseBook.com

  2. “Mr. Wilensky is a fifth-grade teacher in Jefferson County Colorado, where he has been accused of teaching his Colonial America and Revolutionary War classes with enthusiastic zeal.”

    🙂

  3. ahrcanum says:

    Check out Basso’s new video posted this week on the stimulus.

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