Getting Back to Common Sense?
Thomas Paine anonymously published Common Sense in 1776 as a way to introduce the idea of American independence to the common people. Paine wrote the pamphlet in a style that anyone could understand, leaving out the traditional Latin references of the time. He managed to put into words what the colonists were already thinking but were too intimidated or unorganized to voice.
I have longed believed that the political parties today don’t represent the opinions of most of us (the common men and women). It seems like the politicians typically express their own views, not those of the average citizen. As I travel across America, I find that many folks feel the same way. I think this is one of the main reasons why many people don’t vote.
I believe it’s time for a party that represents the views of the majority. I know that sounds too idealistic, but I think we would get more participation and therefore better results.
Now, I have voiced this idea in a few social circles, mostly to opposition to the idea of a new party. Some have also suggested that the majority of Americans – you and me – are not smart enough to understand the issues and vote in the best interest of the country. I totally disagree and believe that the role of the politician should not be much different than that of Thomas Paine.
What do you think?