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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 3) 4) On the Present Ability of American, with some Miscellaneous. Common Sense The People listened and acted (The American Revolution) What Impact did Common have on Sense the Colonists? was written and publsihed Of the Origin and Design of Government in general,with concise Remarks onthe English Constitution. 1) 2) Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs. This section includes Paine's optimistic view of America's military potential at the time of the American Revolution. This section considers monarchy first from a biblical perspective, then from a historical perspective. He begins by arguing that all men are equal at creation and, therefore, the distinction between kings and subjects is a false one. Several Bible verses are posed to support this claim. In this section, Paine also attacks one type of "mixed state"- the constitutional monarch promoted by John Locke in which the powers of government are separated between a Parliament or Congress that makes thelaws, and a monarch who exicutes them. Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession. This section states that the difference between society and government is a state of "natural liberty". As the society continues to grow, a government becomes necessary to enforce these regulations, which over time, turninto laws. Soon, there are so manypeople within the society that they cannot all gather in one place to make laws, so they begin holding elections. Paine finds two tyranniesin the English constitution:monarchical and aristocratic tyranny. in the king andwealthy, who rule by heredity and contribute nothing to the people. This section examines the hostilities between England and the American coloniesand argues that the best course of action is independence. Thomas Paine suggested that a congress may be created in the following way: each colony should be dividedinto districts; each district would "send a proper number of delegates to Congress America became free from Great Britain.
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