What is the tone of the second paragraph of Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience?

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The tone of this paragraph is earnest. Thoreau speaks to his audience as a concerned friend, as someone who has lived and seen and realized and now wants to impart the knowledge he's acquired for our benefit. He wants us to see the truth of government in general and the American government in particular, because we are imposed upon by it although it does not do anything for us that is of any real value. As he says, "It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the West. It does not educate." In other words, it is not the government that accomplishes anything; rather, it is the American people themselves that actually get these things done. He continues, "The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way." In fact, if anything, he wants us to realize, the government has actually gotten in our way and not assisted us in these endeavors at all.

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