Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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In the work of Thomas Paine, "Common Sense" Paine mentions throughout of the working for a positive government with the idea of equality. Thomas Paine writes different excerpt that give theories and idea with the goal of implementing those ideas into a government that may be just and fair. Paine reflects on the English constitution specifically the crown. Paine also provide an insight to having a higher power to run a government. Paine also criticizes the idea of monarchy and hereditary succession. Complications would ultimately arise through his ideas and theories due to the differences in religions.

Thomas Paine expresses his feelings toward the English constitution and its flaws specifically the crown. According to Paine, "because the corrupt influence of the Crown, by having all the places in its disposal, hath so effectually swallowed up the power, and eaten out the virtue of the House of Commons" shows that with power comes corruption and in this case is the crown ruler of Britain. Paine gives an example of an up and coming colony which will develop a government which cannot be overturned which he said, " depends the STRENGTH OF GOVERNMENT, AND THE HAPPINESS OF THE GOVERNED." This shows that according to Paine himself, a government is only as strong as the people who support it, and with that equality. While in the single ruler government, the people have no voice or say in the law making or bill producing process, instead the crown will be appointing it. Thomas Paine also provide arguments and answers to rebuttals that argue for the English constitution and government. Thomas Paine said, " Some writers have explained the English constitution thus: the King, say they, is one, the people another; the Peers are a house in be...

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... criticizes the English constitution for the flaws it contains due to the oppression it puts on its people. Paine also gives an incite to the idea of having a single powerful person in charge of the government but at the same time dividing up the power to multiple parties which represents all aspects of the population. This leads to the idea of monarchy and hereditary succession and how it is extremely flawed, from causing internal complications to having minors who are appointed ruler. With these theories I can see how religion can play a role in complicating his theories because they will always be in the back of his mind and how some religions may complicate while other not. Some may feel that his arguments are plain and just off his own opinion, but I feel that his theories can be a clear starting point to developing an equal, just, and long-lasting government.

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