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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Involuntary Immigration In America

If Ben Carson had some common sense, he might read what Thomas Paine wrote on March 8, 1775:

To Americans:

That some desperate wretches should be willing to steal and enslave men by violence and murder for gain, is rather lamentable than strange. But that many civilized, nay, Christianized people should approve, and be concerned in the savage practice, is surprising; and still persist, though it has been so often proved contrary to the light of nature, to every principle of Justice and Humanity, and even good policy, by a succession of eminent men, and several late publications.
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Certainly, one may, with as much reason and decency, plead for murder, robbery, lewdness and barbarity, as for this practice. They are not more contrary to the natural dictates of conscience, and feeling of humanity; nay, they are all comprehended in it.

But the chief design of this paper is not to disprove it, which many have sufficiently done; but to entreat Americans to consider....

With what consistency, or decency they complain so loudly of attempts to enslave them, while they hold so many hundred thousands in slavery; and annually enslave many thousands more, without any pretence of authority, or claim upon them?

Slavery was bad.  It was good that some people early on in our revolutionary days realized how it conflicted with our purported ideals.

Yet nowawdays we're told Obamacare is just like slavery, 'cept when it frees people to not work for people they don't want to work for.  Oh, and slavery wasn't that bad, anyway.  And now the Party of Lincoln wants to give us the choice between dying with or without an iPhone.

Freedom is confusing.

ntodd

March 8, 2017 | Permalink

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