What Is Common Sense?

In 1776, Thomas Paine published his pamphlet titled Common Sense, challenging the status quo. Paine’s pamphlet was the first published call for separation from Great Britain, preceding the Declaration of Independence by six months.

Thomas made clear his call for separation from the monarchy was not influenced by partisanship but the influence of reason and principle.

What common element connects Paine’s Common Sense to Jefferson’s Unanimous Declaration of Independence? History.

“Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

Winston Churchill

Contemporary Democrat politicians clamor for socialism. Is this common sense?

Dr. Lee Edwards, a leading historian of American conservatism, summarizes the current misguided race to socialism by Millennials who “don’t recognize that much of what they enjoy in life is a result of capitalism and would disappear if socialism were to be implemented.”

Dr. Edwards punctuates his summation of socialism: “This is the reality of socialism — a pseudo-religion grounded in pseudo-science and enforced by political tyranny.”

“The goal of socialism is communism.”

Vladimir Lenin

Socialism is an economic theory and forever shall remain a theory because it has never worked and can never be proven to work.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he wants Swedish-style socialism. What he hasn’t learned is how the Swedes finally rejected socialism, privatized state-owned industries, and returned to a free-market economy.

Those who want socialism are ignorant of the history of Marxism, socialism, and communism.

Where has socialism succeeded in all history? Such a history book would start with the words, “Once upon a time” – you know, like any ordinary fairy tale.

Learn for yourself how the tens of millions of citizens of socialist-communist countries have perished at the hands of the rulers of those countries – Russia, China, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Burma, Congo, Cuba, Ethiopia, North Korea, Laos, Somalia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Yemen, Cambodia, etc., etc., etc.

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Winston Churchill

“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.”

Ronald Reagan

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”

Margaret Thatcher

I urge you to do as Thomas Paine did. Search history, examine the evidence, learn from the experience of others, refine your arguments against socialism/Marxism/communism and articulate common sense to the Millennial generation.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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