Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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Paine’s Common Sense verbalized change was not just a matter of geography but a philosophy that must be embraced by the masses against the oppressive ruling of England. It was appealing because Paine wrote a straight forward diatribe that was neither condescending nor extremely radical. It included all classes of people. Paine used logic and quoted the bible in ways that were relevant to his cause. His arguments were rational. At the time, the colonists were still under a tyrannical government. Though the revolution had already been started, rebels were subjected to excessive punishments. The punishments were unjust and colonists had no representation. Common Sense spoke against tradition and in favor of revolution for the economic and political advantages. It gave a voice to what would later be known as Democracy. Democracy represents fairness, acceptance and freedom. Common Sense was written to inspire the ambivalent colonists into joining the revolution against the British monarchy but also to encourage colonists to organize their own government. Paine was the first to articulate political injustice in a way that was relatable. In todays over exposed culture, a written manifesto like Common Sense probably couldn’t carry such an impact as it would be one of many. Modern America is so divided by the two political parties. Sensationalized media further segregates Americans from Paine’s view of democracy. Paine explains the British had too much power and with power comes corruption. The monarchy itself is a complex government and rifled with nepotism. Paine alledges there wasn’t a checks and balance system in place to maintain fair ruling without risking retaliation. “To say the constitution of England is a union of three powers reciprocally, checking each other is farcical, either the words have no meaning, or they are flat contradictions.” A government
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