United States History Question of the Day

©Greg Feldmeth 2013

Common Sense

Thomas Paine's pamphlet had wide
circulation in the American colonies
(Source: Wikimedia Commons--public domain)

Question 131427:

What is the main theme of this passage from Thomas Paine's Common Sense?

I have heard it asserted by some, that as America hath flourished under her former connection with Great Britain, that the same connection is necessary towards her future happiness, and will always have the same effect. Nothing can be more fallacious than this kind of argument. We may as well assert, that because a child has thrived upon milk, that it is never to have meat; or that the first twenty years of our lives is to become a precedent for the next twenty. But even this is admitting more than is true, for I answer roundly, that America would have flourished as much, and probably much more, had no European power had any thing to do with her.

A) a continent should not be ruled by an island
B) King George III is a tyrant
C) the American colonies are an asylum for mankind
D) monarchical government is incompatible with democracy
E) while the colonies may have benefited from British control at one time, that time has past

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