Greetings to friends of Thomas Paine!
We gather all across the USA -- believe me, ALL ACROSS THE USA! -- to celebrate the birthday of the man who in 1776 grabbed hold of Americans' finest hopes and aspirations and not only called for an independent United States of America but also articulated America's world historic purpose and promise -- to liberate men and women from tyranny and pursue freedom, equality, and democracy; indeed, to deny the claims of the powers that be and forever struggle to extend and deepen freedom, equality, and democracy.
The powerful, propertied, prestigious, and pious had reason to fear Paine. With his pen he enabled us to see ourselves as citizens not subjects -- citizens in every respect: politically, economically, culturally, intellectually.
Long live the memory and legacy of the revolutionary patriot and citizen of the world, Thomas Paine.
Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0.