by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpations of either.
In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise, and the worthy, need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious, or unfriendly, will cease of themselves unless too much pains are bestowed upon their conversion.
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all Lovers of Mankind are affected, and in the Event of which, their Affections are interested. The laying of a Country desolate with Fire and Sword, declaring War against the natural rights of all Mankind, and extirpating the Defenders thereof from the Face of the Earth, is the Concern of every Man to wh
Thomas Paine's bestseller from 1776 is just as appropriate today as it was before the founding of the Republic. Americans of that day were ill used by their Executive, exploited by their Legislature, and left unprotected by their Judiciary.
Common Sense had 500,000 copies in print in a time when only 1,500,000 people lived here. Paine words resonated in the hearts of a people who yearned for liberty, since he showed them the exact route to that goal.
America needs another Thomas Paine with the willingness to speak the truth to power.