Glenn Beck’s Common Sense
Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-control Government
In 1776, Thomas Paine’s words sparked a revolution. Today, a new revolution of thought begins right now, with you…
You might find yourself wondering what can be done to change our nation’s course. I lay out several options, but I want to be clear that none of them include violence. Thomas Paine and his fellow revolutionaries shed their blood so that future generations would have access to weapons immeasurably stronger than muskets or bayonets: the weapons of democracy. Those are the tools that we will use to usher in a second American revolution, a revolution that won’t be fought on battlefields, but in the hearts and minds of the three hundred million people lucky enough to call America home.
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
Two hundred a thirty-five years ago, a British citizen with only a basic education set off to make a new life for himself in the British colonies. For two years he worked hard and watches as his fellow colonist grew tired of British oppression. Then he decided to act. Using his contacts in the publishing industry, Thomas Paine anonymously released a pamphlet that made the case for revolution using extraordinary logical, straightforward, indisputable arguments.
He called it Common Sense.
Once Paine put his feelings into words, he realized that he wasn’t alone. Only seven months passed between the release of Common Sense in January 1776 and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Seven months—a pinpoint in the history of time, but a moment that put the colonies on an irreversible track toward revolution and, ultimately, freedom.
Seven months that changed the world, forever.
Today, we find ourselves back in 1776—but this time our path forward isn’t so clear-cut. The abuses being perpetrated by our government are just obvious now as they were then, but instead of rising up with a collected voice, we sit idly by and watch as our hard-won freedoms slowly dissolve into a puddle of apathy, political correctness, and outright corruption.
We feel helpless and alone as we hear confusing debates over obscure issues play out on the airwaves daily. But that’s the lie. The infighting and the purposeful division promoted by our political parties is a simply ploy to keep us from uniting. After all, a citizenry that fights among itself over petty differences is too busy to notice the real cause of its problems.
As you read the details of the immense harm that both parties have done to our country, you might find yourself wondering what can be done to change our course. I lay out several options, but I want to be clear that none of them includes violence. Thomas Paine and his fellow revolutionaries shed their blood to that future generations would have access to weapons immeasurably stronger than muskets or bayonets: the weapons of democracy. Those are the tools that we will use to usher in a second American revolution, a revolution that won’t be fought on battlefields, but in the hearts and minds of the three hundred million people lucky enough to call America home.
Over the years, many revolutionaries have used sharp tongues instead of knives—and the results have been extraordinary. Martin Luther King, Jr., for instance, once said to his supporters: “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
It was inflammatory language, but he meant that it is much easier to simply die for a cause than it is to find inventive, effective means to fight for it. Violence is the easy way out—but it’s also a sure path to discrediting everything you stand for, something that those opposed to him found out the hard way.
“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time,” King said while accepting the Nobel Prize. He continued, “… [man must] overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all humans conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
History has proven that King was right—and so our new revolution of thought begins right now… with you.
Thomas Paine was an unremarkable man living in a remarkable time. He proved that it doesn’t take celebrity, stature, or wealth to make a difference—it only takes someone willing to say the things that need to be said. Well, I am no Thomas Paine—he was an extraordinary writer, a renowned motivator, and a heroic patriot—but the words that follow also need to be said, if for no other reason than to ease my own conscience.
If you believe that it’s time to put principles above parties, character above campaign promises, and Common Sense above all—then I ask you to read on, declare yourself a creative extremist, and then pass these words along to others who may agree with something else that Martin Luther King, Jr., once said:
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
Do not remain neutral. Do not sit idly by. Do not let others speak for you. Silence has gotten us nowhere so it’s once again time for our collective voice to make a simple yet powerful demand…
Don’t Tread on Me