Monday, September 21, 2009

Literacy, Thomas Paine and the American Revolution

Did you know that "In 1750 nearly 90 percent of New England women (and virtually all men) could read and write, giving this region a higher literacy rate than any other area in Europe or America?" (source: MSN Encarta). Later on, newspapers printed the proceedings of Congress so people could keep up on what their representatives were doing and hold them accountable. Who does that today? Out of sight out of mind is how we treat our representatives and senators in Washington. We are much too busy with TV, movies, video games, computers and all of our other amusements to think about what our elected representatives are doing. We are happily oblivious while they are walking away with the candy store. No one is holding them accountable. Perhaps the high literacy rate in early America accounts for the success of the pamphlet by Thomas Paine called Common Sense, a little publication that helped to ignite the American Revolution. People read it, understood it and took action. Glenn Beck has written a book, also called Common Sense, inspired by Thomas Paine's writing. It is inspiring a new, modern, peaceful revolution.
Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine

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