Summary Of Common Sense By Thomas Paine

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The health of society is greatly affected by the power of the government. When that power is too weak, the government cannot do its job, but when it is too strong, the leaders may abuse their power and oppress the citizens. In a perfect world citizens would monitor the actions of their government to prevent abuses of power. However, we all born to be free and every one is equal. As Thomas Paine argues in his “Common sense” that we should have control in government, instead of let them to control us. Because is us to form the government so we should follow a certain way to make sure that we all been treat equal. The first point that Thomas Paine makes is whether we need the government or not. Many people think that the society and the government …show more content…
Paine believes that government should be elected. “Prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often: because as the elected might by that means return and mix again with the general body of the electors in a few months, their fidelity to the public will be secured by the prudent reflection of not making a rod for themselves”(2). In this way, it securities citizen’s voice been heard. If the government does not been elected, it might leads the society with inequity. However, Paine comes up with five points that what should government do. At first, Paine mentions that number of people that are elected should be in portion to the numbers of electors (something that we do not have in today’s society). “Let each colony be divided in to six, eight, or ten, convenient districts, each district to send a proper number of delegates to Congress, so that each colony send at least thirty” (13). Politicians use redistricting and gerrymandering to insure that certain groups of people have no voice in …show more content…
If the people are happy with their government, then their government must have done a great job to make sure everyone is equal and every one’s voice been heard. This being said that they have a strong government. People are very unhappy with government. This is proven by the growing voter apathy. A very low percentage of the people who can vote to. The reason often given is that “my vote doesn’t matter anyway”.
The forth point is whatever the way that you decided to organize you government, you should keep it simple. Nevertheless, in today’s society, the government is not that simple. Many people believe that government has grown overly complex. There are too many laws/regulations and they are excessively complex. I am sure Paine would be appalled that just paying your taxes requires you to hire a professional to assist you in doing

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