Thomas Paine, in his pamphlet “Common Sense”, said what, that convinced early Americans to break from the British?
Have you ever read the pamphlet, Common Sense by Thomas Paine? It was written in 1776 and was a big influence on the early Americans when they were deciding whether or not they should separate themselves from British rule. It is well worth reading today for all Americans as well.
Key points in his pamphlet:
1. America’s cause is the cause of all mankind.
“The cause of America is in a great measure is the cause of the cause of all mankind.”
Thomas Pain, “Common Sense” page 2
2. Government is a necessary evil.
“Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one…” Thomas Pain, “Common Sense” Page 3
3. Problems with a King by heredity:
· Contribute nothing towards freedom of the state
· A thirst of absolute power is the natural disease of kings.
· A King is shut off from the world yet his business is to know it thoroughly.
· Arises more from pride than reason
· When there is no king there is no wars.
· Bribery, corruption, and favoritism are the standing vices of kings.
· Descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit the throne
· It opens the door to the foolish, the wicked, and the improper.
· Has in it the nature of oppression
· Can be untrustworthy because a king can be too young or too old
· Impoverishes and plunders the state
4. Reasons to separate from Britain
· Britain caused many material injuries to the America people and will sustain more.
· Britain doesn’t increase America’s prosperity. America would have flourished as much, and probably much more, had no European power had anything to do with her.
· Britain is only motivated by their own interests and trade.
· They will suppresses the growth of America in every case because of their own interests.
· Britain has carried fire and sword into America and are not trust worthy.
· Britain is too far away to rule America.
· Just because Britain did away with some of the tax acts doesn’t mean they won’t bring them back.
· The separation will come sooner or later, now is better why leave the job of separation to our children?
· Britain has not shown one sign of compromising.
· The king will have a negative over the whole legislation of this continent. America can make no laws unless it pleases the King.
· Britain is jealous of America’s prosperity, can she be trusted to rule over America.
· Britain cannot maintain the peace and is therefore no government at all, and is not worth spending the money on.
· Those who consider Britain their enemy will consider America as their enemy as well if the Americans continue their connection with Britain.
· Britain is said to be the Mother country of America, but that is an untruth as many Americans are from all different parts of Europe and not just Britain. The whole of Europe should be considered as the Mother country.
· Britain did not protect America on America’s account but because of Britain’s own account and interest.
· America can build her own army and navy and protect herself better.
· Dependence on Britain will involve America in European quarrels and wars.
· Others who have been ruled by Britain have been ruined by her.
· America’s king rules above
· America’s king is law. “For as in absolute governments, the King is Law, so in free countries the Law ought to be King and there ought to be no other.” Thomas Pain, Common Sense, page 32.
· America needs to create their own government, the opportunity to do so is now. “A government of our own is our natural right. And when a man seriously reflects on the precariousness of human affairs, he will become convinced, that it is infinitely wiser and safer, to form a constitution of our own in a cool deliberate manner, while we have it in our power…” Thomas Pain, Common Sense, page 32.
I believe if I was an early American and had read Thomas Pain’s Common Sense pamphlet, I too would have been convinced that America separating herself from British rule would be the wiser, safer and best thing America could ever do. Freedom is the right of all mankind and America has a destiny to be the example of Freedom to all the world.
Learn more by getting your copy of Thomas Pain’s pamphlet, Common Sense, today.
Reading and studying about freedoms, rights, the law, history of America and the U.S. Constitution, which is the greatest charter of liberty the world has ever known is an absolute necessity for all Americans. To keep our freedoms, we must be educated. Find out more. Obtain you copy of Making of America, by W. Cleon Skousen. If Americans expect to be ignorant and free, they expect what will never be.
Linda N. Hackett