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Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:02 PM

Thomas Paine EXACTLY described Trump 244 years ago.

The insight of Americas forefathers never ceases to amaze me. (despite their faults):

“Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.”
― Thomas Paine, Common Sense

"When they succeed to the government are frequently the most IGNORANT and UNFIT of any...."

I couldn't have expressed it better myself.

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Reply Thomas Paine EXACTLY described Trump 244 years ago. (Original post)
AZ8theist Aug 19 OP
BComplex Aug 19 #1
AZ8theist Aug 19 #2
cayugafalls Aug 19 #3
malaise Aug 19 #4
Solomon Aug 20 #38
Docreed2003 Aug 19 #5
empedocles Aug 19 #6
empedocles Aug 19 #7
StClone Aug 19 #12
warmfeet Aug 19 #8
paleotn Aug 19 #17
Baked Potato Aug 19 #28
shelshaw Aug 20 #32
paleotn Aug 20 #36
warmfeet Aug 20 #37
bucolic_frolic Aug 19 #9
yonder Aug 19 #13
bucolic_frolic Aug 19 #22
AZ8theist Aug 19 #30
scarletwoman Aug 19 #16
fwvinson Aug 19 #27
lunasun Aug 19 #10
bringthePaine Aug 19 #11
Scruffy1 Aug 19 #14
paleotn Aug 19 #15
mitch96 Aug 19 #18
wendyb-NC Aug 19 #19
dameatball Aug 19 #20
erpowers Aug 19 #21
oasis Aug 19 #23
Tommymac Aug 19 #24
czarjak Aug 19 #25
GeorgiaPeanut Aug 19 #26
crickets Aug 19 #29
Buckeye_Democrat Aug 19 #31
MFGsunny Aug 20 #33
AZ8theist Aug 20 #34
struggle4progress Aug 20 #35
cayugafalls Aug 20 #39

Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:09 PM

1. Best post on DU in the past 3.75 years!!! This should go viral!

Good job!!

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Response to BComplex (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:12 PM

2. Wow! Thanks!!

I will donate my prize money to Biden/Harris...

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:15 PM

3. Common Sense is a must read.

Thomas Paine was a true thinker and revolutionary.

His writings were very important at that time and should be just as important today.

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Response to cayugafalls (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:20 PM

4. Agree

K & R for truth

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Response to cayugafalls (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 10:25 PM

38. One of my favorite books.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:20 PM

5. K&R

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:32 PM

6. Bullseye!

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:33 PM

7. The trump type does not seem to have 'evolved' at all

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Response to empedocles (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:11 PM

12. A lot of our problems stem from Trump Types.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:47 PM

8. That's very nice.

How do we get rid of him?

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Response to warmfeet (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:26 PM

17. A modest proposal....

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Response to paleotn (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 10:11 PM

28. Awesome cigar cutter!

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Response to paleotn (Reply #17)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 09:48 AM

32. Kathy Griffin is that you???

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Response to shelshaw (Reply #32)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 05:17 PM

36. Meets the crimes, no?

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Response to paleotn (Reply #17)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 08:57 PM

37. Proposal accepted.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:49 PM

9. Learned men of the age studied thousands of years of history

There was no golf, sports, motorcars, movies. There was nothing to do but drink, read, discuss. It's a testament to them, and to the recurring patterns of human organization in history, though different ages use different terminology to describe similar phenomena.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:14 PM

13. You hit the nail on the head, IMO -- and why we're lost today.

There are too many easily accessed pleasures that require little to no thinking OR discussion.

We're trapped in a modern maze of our own ill-thought construction while the pathway to freedom, though there, becomes increasingly difficult to discover.

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Response to yonder (Reply #13)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:59 PM

22. It was underway with movies, but liftoff was the calculator

For me anyway. I remember learning to use a slide rule. You really had to think. Suddenly, calculators were there. You don't even have to know how to add anything nowadays. Just push buttons.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #22)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 10:46 PM

30. I first learned advanced math on a slide rule..

The engineers who sent men the the moon used slide rules.
You are correct. It's all push button now.

Never ceases to amaze me that at places like McDonalds, in some areas, the cash register has PICTURES of menu items, not numbers.
The dumbing down of America is a Reich Wing feature of policy, not a bug. Keep the rubes stupid, and you can rape the treasury.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:23 PM

16. Well said!

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 09:52 PM

27. I just moved to a new home. The first few nights we had electricity and water, but no television, no

internet, no phone service. We moved to a very beautiful and rural area. We did talk and laughed more those 4 nights than anytime. I guess camping is the same. It was real pleasant.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:57 PM

10. ++ Common Sense , Paine . Thank you for a little bit of it tonight !

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:59 PM

11. thanks for this - my favorite revolutionary & founder

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:22 PM

14. K&R.

I'm going to memorize it tomorrow. Thx.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:22 PM

15. Old Tom is spot on again....

I have few heroes. He's one of them.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:30 PM

18. "When they succeed to the government are frequently the most IGNORANT and UNFIT of any...."

It's like deja vu all over again!!
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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:37 PM

19. I like what he was thinking all those years ago.

He was right on target, describing the entity that occupies the oval office. His words are timeless and so applicable to the current situation.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:46 PM

20. Never truer than now. Great post.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:56 PM

21. Written From Experience

I assume that was written based on his experience living in the time of King George III.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 09:01 PM

23. If Elizabeth Warren or HRC were to read that tonight. Monster Buzz. nt

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 09:08 PM

24. Read my footer. n/t

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 09:40 PM

25. Hence, Pence...

Believe me!

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 09:42 PM

26. Great find. Thank you.

 

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Response to GeorgiaPeanut (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 10:21 PM

29. Agreed! Kicking it back up to the top. nt

eta- great name, GeorgiaPeanut.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 10:55 PM

31. I'd be wary of electing a business person again.

Trump is among the absolute worst, of course, because he's not even intelligent or educated.

Yet many of them are basically tyrants because it's not like they're voted into power or can be voted out. I mean, by the "common people" working under them.

And after living that way for years, they can get accustomed to it.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 02:23 PM

33. Bookmarking MUST for me. Much obliged for your post, AZ8theist!

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Response to MFGsunny (Reply #33)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 03:37 PM

34. You are MOST Welcome!!

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 03:42 PM

35. He remains one of the masters of English political rhetoric:

England, since the conquest, hath known some few good monarchs, but groaned beneath a much larger number of bad ones; yet no man in his senses can say that their claim under William the Conqueror is a very honourable one. A French bastard landing with an armed banditti, and establishing himself king of England against the consent of the natives, is in plain terms a very paltry rascally original. It certainly hath no divinity in it. However, it is needless to spend much time in exposing the folly of hereditary right; if there are any so weak as to believe it, let them promiscuously worship the ass and lion, and welcome. I shall neither copy their humility, nor disturb their devotion.

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Response to AZ8theist (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 10:39 PM

39. Common Sense, for those who want to read it.

Available at Project Gutenberg. They have different versions, even kindle.

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/147

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