Monday, February 23, 2009

I don't think we can boast

I completely agree:

When it shall be said in any country in the world, my people are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive..., when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and its government.

Thomas Paine is, undoubtedly, my favorite of the Founding Fathers. I do wish his wisdom were more valued today.

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