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Thomas Paine

February 09, 1737 - June 08, 1809
"America has the high honor and happiness of being the first nation that gave to the world the example of forming written constitutions by conventions elected expressly for the purpose, and of improving them by the same procedure, as time and experience shall show necessary. Government in other nations ... has been established by bloodshed. Not a drop of blood has been shed in the United States in consequence of establishing constitutions and governments by her own peaceful system. The silent vote, or the simple yea or nay is more poerful than the bayonet. "source: To the Citizens of Pennsylvania on the Proposal for Calling a Convention, 1805.constitutional convention, constitution, the establishment of governments, bloodshed

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