Blog: "Common Sense" Is Still Common Sense - 2011-06-06
On January 10, 1776, Thomas Pain published his pamphlet "Common Sense". In it he described how a society could develop a government that operated in a state of "natural liberty". He went on to analyze the Constitution of England and how its system of checks and balances had been corrupted so that there was absolute rule by the monarchy (King George III). He then examined the hostilities between England and the American colonies and concluded with a sober and rational appeal that there was no other course for the colonies to take but to become independent and self determined.
On July 4, 1776, the representatives of the American colonies declared their independence from England and to this end pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. This took enormous courage and responsibility for what was to come. It also required a clear vision for the future — a postulate for freedom and liberty.