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Common Sense By Thomas Paine

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American Independance, Why They Should
Thomas Paine, an English political philosopher and writer made his way to the colonies when his good friend, Benjamin Franklin convinced him to do so. He worked as an editor for the Pennsylvania Magazine. Although, published anonymously in 1776, Paine was the man behind Common Sense, a political pamphlet that was distributed between all the colonies and challenged the British government by suggesting American Independency. Paine wrote the Common Sense because in his mind he believed change needed to happen or that eventually change would come. He wanted to inform the common people of this possible independence , motivate them and wake them up from the existing dangers of staying under Great Britain.
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Thomas Paine had much to say about Monarchy, the form of government the British go by. They appoint a King to make decisions, although the parliament does not allow him to know or decide anything. This method is useless and absurd. As hereditary succession is practiced, the King is never chosen by the people, the position is inherited, leading to extremely unfit Kings reigning the throne. How Paine puts it “…, hereditary succession can derive no glory” (81). In the eyes of the political philosopher, Great Britain simply protected us for her benefit and economic well being. The Continent had unnecessary quarrels with others due to her personal disputes with them. Paine emphasized that England could not possibly rule the Continent effectively as they were thousands of miles across the ocean. He mentioned the obstacles one would face on page ninety-two, “ To be always running three or four thousand miles with a tale or a petition, waiting four or five months for an answer, which, when obtained, requires five or six more to explain it in, will in a few years be looked upon as folly and childishness.” If the colonies declared independence not only would they be at peace with France and Spain, leading to the end of unwanted wars, they too would have a local government where actions could be dealt with in days instead of months. there are individuals who justify the need to
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