“The Time Hath Found Us”

Indeed, in 2019, “The Times [have] found us!” Nancy Pelosi’s new favorite founder turns out to be Thomas Paine. Throughout 2019, she has quoted Paine from Common Sense with a deep cut, that previously, was rarely used as an isolated quote. She most recently cited Paine during this Late Show appearance:

“There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy…

“There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy; it first excludes a man from the means of information, yet empowers him to act in cases where the highest judgment is required. The state of a king shuts him from the world, yet the business of a king requires him to know it thoroughly; …

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“The malignant mind; like the jaundiced eye…

“The malignant mind; like the jaundiced eye, sees everything through a false medium of its own creating. The light of heaven appears stained with yellow to the distempered sight of the one, and the fairest actions have the form of crimes in the venomed imagination of the other…” —Thomas Paine, 1803