On History

 

Portrait of Thomas Paine by Matthew Pratt, 178...

Portrait of Thomas Paine by Matthew Pratt, 1785–1795 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

History has its attractions: it is genuinely interesting, it shows the innate strengths and weaknesses of human behavior, and it repeats its truths. History is no longer taught in schools. It is combined with social studies in elementary school and the entire story in history is not retold.

Should we not learn what drove people to war, how dictators gain power, and how a weak economy affects the direction of politics?

A friend in Virginia suggested that I revisit Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. Thomas Paine talks about the importance of limited government. His pamphlet was written at a time when colonists were burdened and constrained by a government 3000 miles away. One might find some commonalties between 1776 and 2013.

Paine wrote “I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz, that the more simple anything is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered.”

He was talking about limited government. When a government becomes too complex and demands more control over its citizens, it is not the kind of government our forefather’s designed when they wrote the Constitution of the United States.

Texas Representative Ron Paul discusses the need for a more limited government in current terms and like Thomas Paine in 1776, Representative Ron Paul is right on.

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