Common Sense By Thomas Paine

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Common Sense was written by an Englishman, Thomas Paine, who came to the American Colonies in 1774. He had strong opinions about the British Monarchy – and monarchy in general – including the fact that by nothing more than an accident of birth one man had rule over so many other humans. He viewed this elevation to monarch unnatural as all men are created equal. Additionally, Paine notes that “there is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of Monarchy; it first excludes a man from the means of information, yet empowers him to act in cases where the highest judgment is required.” To add weight to that argument that the Monarch is irrelevant to government, Paine also wrote that “Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.” Paine appeals to the every man with this statement. Throughout the section on monarchy he criminalized the King and laid all manner of pitfalls and corruptions at his feet.
In reading Common Sense I would be spurred to revolt and definitely would have become a Patriot. I personally believe that democracy and the ability to choose our leaders is essential in any type of fair and representative government; therefore, I believe that Paine gives a compelling argument that makes a lot of sense. This is heady stuff and if I had lived in that time period, I’m sure Revolution would have been in my very heart. I would surely have been compelled to fight for the freedom…

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