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On a cold winter morning a group of colonists stood on the corner of downtown Philadelphia crossroads With frostbitten noses and wind-burnt cheeks the frozen crowd awaited anxiously for the newest edition of Benjamin Franklins newspaper and the current essay of Silence Dogood The comedy and satire of each months essay was allowing the colonists a new way of thinking about their lives Todays story was about a man who justified eating fish because the fish he ate had eaten a smaller fish The punch line was that most men would use any excuse to justify their behavior The colonists enjoyed reading witty material that had a different message than they had ever been exposed to Benjamin Franklin Thomas Jefferson and the others responsible for our constitution radically changed history with their profound thinking Two examples of this are the establishment of a democratic government that has authority because its people allow it to and the encouragement of an economic system based on natural forces of supply and demand Prior to the colonization of America the world was ruled by complete monarchies Policies were not begun by the people but by the ruler The beliefs of the majority or rights of minorities were not important in government by monarchy Famous philosophers writers and even inventors during Enlightenment put dramatic thought into such radical thinkers as Franklin Jefferson and Henry In Thomas Jeffersons first Inaugural Address he stated Sometime it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself Can he then be trusted with the government of others Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him Let history answer this question He felt confident that history would probe that the democratic process would win out He also advocated a wise and frugal government that would offer protection but leave men to seek their own pursuits of industry and improvement These intelligent radicals were who educated
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