Thomas Paine, much in favor of America’s break from Great Britain, published his pamphlet Common Sense in January 1776. A year later, he wrote The Crisis a pamphlet published to boost public morale and re-affirm the necessity for America’s independence from Britain. In Crisis Number III, published on April 19, 1777, Paine notes:
“ America, till now, could never be called a free country, because her legislation depended on the will of a man three thousand miles distant, whose interest was in opposition to ours, and who, by a single ‘no,’ could forbid what law he pleased.”
What of America today? Is America’s legislation now depended on the will of a man, perhaps not “three thousand miles distant” but a lot closer to home? Are his interests in opposition to the interest of the People? Is he saying “no” to whichever law he pleases? Is America still the land of the free?