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My point to the article about Thomas Paine, is that HIS ideas were nearly IDENTICAL to what we call "socialism" now. And HE was one of the Founding Fathers, who were the ones who "built" our Democracy, --- based on the ancient model of Athens, Greece (500 B.C.). --- which is now very adaptable to socialism.
I love the wonderful people who are running this year. Even Trump holds a special place in my heart. Have you ever seen such a large number of Americans turning out to watch "political speeches"? NEVER. The whole country seems "energized" & fascinated with Politics all of a sudden. There is "excitement" in the air. Nothing like this before, in the last 50 years.
I have been saying for several years now, that we may be seeing the END OF DEMOCRACY -- that the people have all become too apathetic, and just don't care anymore. But the obvious signs, all seem to indicate, that MILLIONS of people are alive and well, and trying to keep our Democracy ALIVE!! -- It is so precious to see all of that happening. And the fantastic energy we see in the Bernie campaign, & the Hillary campaign -- is so refreshing & Full of Hope, And there also are 2 very bright men, who have drawn enormous crowds & they know how to arouse the "undecided" masses - it's Bernie & Trump..
We have seen some very powerful men & women, spend all their OWN FUNDS, to try to give Democracy one last chance.
And it is important to realize who are the people who have made such an important "Sacrifice" -- & one of them is of course - "Bernie Sanders". He is not beholden to any of the Wall Street billionaires, or big money corporations. Consistent in his beliefs, he shows all of us how to represent the "spirit" of America. (His father was a young Polish immigrant , who had to struggle every day to make a living, raise their children, get an education, & just survive).
But, now, one of their children can actually be running for President of the United States! A first generation DREAMER. It is such a wonderful example of the "Good can still succeed." "Hard work & a cultivated intellect can still Rise to the Top."