Thomas Paine’s American Revolution

Check out these interesting videos from youtube vlogger, Dr. Bob Basso. He goes by the youtube username Funbobbasso, so I figure the guy can’t be too bad, with “fun” in his name and all.

Dr. Basso is a 70 year old motivation speaker and, a guest professor at UCLA. His first video has received almost 3 million views and his newest (posted below) will be sure to do as well if not better. In his videos, Dr. Basso can be seen impersonating Thomas Paine, one of the nation’s Founding Father’s. Thomas Paine wrote the pro-revolutionary pamphlet, “Common Sense” in 1776. The pamphlet was read by an estimated three-fourths of all the colonists, and called for independence from Great Britain.

Dr. Basso’s authentic looking American Revolution period costume originally grabbed my attention a few months back when he posted his first video, “The Second American Revolution”. In it, he warns of a government out of control, and American dis-unity. He is quite entertaining and passionate at the least, but his message is even more engaging. While I can’t agree with all of his points, he certainly make some very good ones.

Today Bob’s message is the same as Thomas Paine’s. His latest video, Thomas Paine slams congress for, “passing a the largest spending bill in history without even reading it”. He is also calling for Americans to have a modern day “Tea Party”. Instead of throwing tea in Boston Harbor, Dr. Basso calls for Americans to send a message of protest to their representatives in Congressby mailing a tea-bag. (He has since recommended sending the label only as letters with a substance like the tea itself are being discarded).

Let’s follow Bob’s lead… Let’s use some Common Sense, and get these “Unrepresenting-Representatives” out of office. 

“I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and Common sense . . .”  Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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History is Made – Like It or Not, It’s Good

Obama 2008Congratulations are in order for President-Elect Barack Obama

and his historic achievement of being elected the first African-American President of the United States. No matter what your politics or whether you agree with his policies or not, you must admit that history has been made tonight and it’s a good history. It’s good for our country, it’s good for our people, and it’s good for the world to see that freedom and democracy work.

America’s election of the junior senator from Illinois is not only historic in the obvious sense, it is historic in a deep and healing way. This nation has been plagued by racism since it’s inception. We have endured civil wars, riots, inequity, the civil right movement, and countless other challenges, none more felt than by the African-American community. This long lasting and deep seated racism is not only felt in the black communities and urban neighborhoods, it effects all Americans, from the immigrant workers to the most affluent CEOs. It affects how we act with one another, how we speak to each other, and many times it affects us so deeply that these feelings cannot even be uttered in public. Barack Obama’s decisive election win is one step further away from America’s tarnished past, and toward a more united future.

It is my sincerest hope that today’s election has proved to any doubters, white or black, conservative or liberal, that in this land of the free, anyone can accomplish anything no matter what the obsticals, sterotypes or preconceptions.

This is the United States of America and we are stronger when we stand as one nation, under God. We may not agree on many things, but we are all united in the fact that we are Americans and we can stand proud in front of the entire world as a shining example of democracy at it’s best.

In the months and years ahead, I will be sure to voice my opinions when I disagree with Obama and the liberals in Congress as I have always done. It is my hope that he will serve like many past presidents and govern more to the center and do the peoples work, not his parties. I trust that he will live up to his campaign promise to reach across the aisle to bring Americans closer together and work to end the divisiveness in the country. I will give him the benefit of the doubt to fix our economy, but will be watching very closely for any dangerous or civil rights infringing policy making. I will also prepare to elect a Republican president in four years.

However, I am a patriotic American and I will stand with my President against this nation’s enemies at home and abroad. I am proud of our democracy even when “my side” doesn’t win. I am proud that Americans can, and have, looked past skin color (and names) and were able to choose Obama to lead this nation.

It may seem strange but despite my guy losing and am proud to have voted today in this historic election. Most of all tonight I am proud to be an American!