The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth. 'Tis not the affair of a city, a country, a province, or a kingdom, but of a continent of at least one eighth part of the habitable globe. 'Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age; posterity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected, even to the end of time, by the proceedings now. Now is the seed time of continental union, faith and honor.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense 1776
"...we shall form to the American union a barrier against the dangerous extension of the British Province of Canada and add to the Empire of liberty an extensive and fertile Country thereby converting dangerous Enemies into valuable friends."
Jefferson to George Rogers Clark, December 25, 1780
Paine and Jefferson, voices from America's founding, echoing down throughout the ages, urging thier descendents to spread the creed of Freedom across the North American continent, voices that would be listened to.