"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions."
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
Common Sense, February 14, 1776
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Or worse yet...are raised to believe they are part of a global ruling elite that sees the masses as cattle to be disposed of at will. Which is what we are seeing today from the new American Aristocracy. (and others) Read all you can about Agenda 21. 5 starts for Paine's foresight.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Paine's statement was illuminating - Welcome to Amerika's international banking cartels and a full spectrum of elitist driven socialism.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- AL, DC      
    Obama, the Clintons, Reid, Pelosi, Gore, Kerry,-- these guys act like the Royal Court all vying for Titles and often the Crown.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    We used to call them public servents but now they are rulers. They live in that alternate world inside the beltway and pass down edicts to us "common folk."
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    that very exelent
     -- Juan Carlos Rosales Ruiz, san luis potosi,mexico     
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