SINNERS! SINNERS! SINNERS!
By Philip Drucker
For a work written in the late 1700s Common Sense has an uncanny ability to render information incredibly accurate and insightful to our present situation. Why, if I didn’t know better I would swear we were living at this very moment in time under a monarchy subject to the whims and wishes of an evil and often insane brutish with no respect or regard for his citizenry despotic in that all roads leads to his happiness, not ours, deranged and strangely gelatinous to be boiled in a bag for five minutes, chicken stock and sock puppet.
But this is where Paine gets, shall we say prescient in a manner seemingly as if he gazed upon a crystal ball and saw the face or an eerie and awful orange daemon from either Queens, NY or the caverns of hell, take your pick.
For his first stroke of genius, Paine points out what should be the obvious. The strength of a legitimate government depends on the personality of or even the good works of one man, but upon the overall happiness of the people. He points out therefore, the only true legitimate government is a republic with frequent elections whereby the elected are subject to the will of the people. If the public is pleased, the officials are re-elected. If not, they are removed for their position of authority and replaced by one more in line with societal goals and future ambitions. You know, happiness. Or to be more precise, the pursuit of happiness. Get it?
Then, he makes an astounding assertion combining both sectarian and secular arguments for the rejection of all things royal. Firstly, that mankind is tasked with relying on their proper sovereign, the King of heaven and that failure to do so is a sin. THE LORD SHALL RULE OVER YOU. What could be more explicit?
Furthermore, any act of “ascension” where an individual is placed above, or agrees to be put above the flock is a variety of idolatry. An act of worshiping another god than the true Lord is indeed a sin. A transgression of both the people, those who wish to bow to a false idol, and of the subject of their misplaced piety, a usurper of the crown of heaven. But here’s the best part, you know what happens when you ignore the prerogatives of heaven? That’s right you get what you deserve. And right now, regardless of your religious or non-religious views, we in America have the wages of our sins in lightning bolts, plagues and spades.
Here is what TP described as the ultimate, be it in the originator or his hereditary offspring, which Paine also identifies as an additional act of blasphemy, result of the anointment and appointment of a king.
“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
And let the record show it is how the House of Trump doth reign. I don’t even want to think about what fresh new hells his sons, or daughter might bring. I mean, we’ve already had the Covid-19 Virus, an economic meltdown into recession, perhaps soon to be depression, an astronomic level of corruption, massive civil unrest (the people are clearly not happy) and an invasion of murder hornets. Like I said, do you really want to consider what might come next? I’m hoping for frogs. At least they’re cute. Unlike Jared. How do you suppose he gets his face to shine like that?
Time for a Re-Phil?