"The circle of them is not so great as some imagine; the influence of a few have tainted many who are not naturally corrupt."

"I am now thoroughly disgusted with them; they live in ungrateful ease, and bend their whole minds to mischief..."

– wherein Thomas Paine's pamplet-storm was just ice cold *dragging* the Americans beholden to a hostile foreign power back in 1777

(Yah, still holds up)

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