Comparing Paine's Common Sense And The Declaration Of Independence

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Thomas Paine's Common Sense and The Declaration of Independence both speak against the heinous acts committed by the British and the stripping of natural human rights. Some of these natural rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Both documents advocate the separation from Great Britain. The colonist's belief in the superiority of the republican self-government based on the natural rights of the people found its clearest American expression in Thomas Paine's Common Sense and The Declaration of Independence. In Thomas Paine's Common Sense, he declares that men are born free and equal and remain that way throughout life. He sees the British crown as taking away the simple right of equality; “Where there is no distinctions there can be no superiority, perfect equality affords no…show more content…
This sparked the outrage that the freedom and liberty of the colonists were being taken. Under the republican system, a new, more fair judiciary system would be set into place. Americans would also have more say in taxes and what they were on, which was another outrage mentioned in The Declaration of Independence. Both the Delaration of Independence and Common Sense speak on the wrongdoings of the British monarchy and how America has been negatively effected by it. Common Sense states, “...Thousands are already ruined by British barbarity, (thousands more will probable suffer the same fate.) Those men have other feelings than us who have nothing suffered.”, and in The Declaration of Independence it basically declares that colonists in America have suffered for a very long time, and now they should change their government. It then goes on to the long list of grievences that were never tended
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