PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. How true this is in America today.
As a long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question, (and in matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry,) and as the king of England hath undertaken in his own right, to support the parliament in what he calls theirs, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpations of either. Thankfully the abuse of power in America by the Federal Government has not turned violent yet. There are no concentration camps, there are no deportations. This is a good thing. However, while the abuse of power has not been violent per se, the erosion of our individual responsibilities and rights has happened slowly, over time. WE are the frog getting cooked slowly on the stove. People are starting to call into question the right of the Federal government to do many of the things that it does. The good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination of the federal government in the executive branch (EPA/OSHA/HUD etc.) and the fiat of the legislative and judicial branches. The American people are starting to inquire into their government and look what we have found…
In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise and the worthy need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious or unfriendly, will cease of themselves, unless too much pains is bestowed upon their conversion.
The cause of America is, in a great measure, the cause of all mankind. History has seen this borne out in America’s history. In this past century the force of American military might has not been on conquest or the establishment of client states to support and protect the US. It has been to advance the cause of freedom for those conquered, to provide relief to those in distress. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected, and in the event of which, their affections are interested. We can learn from the reading of the writings of our nation’s founders the principles that they espoused when establishing our nation. The laying a country desolate with fire and sword, declaring war against the natural rights of all mankind, and extirpating the defenders thereof from the face of the earth, is the concern of every man to whom nature hath given the power of feeling; of which class, regardless of party censure, is
Philadelphia, Feb. 14, 1776.
Doesn’t that last sentence send chills down your spine?