Why did Thomas Paine argue for a declaration of independence and for immediate action?  

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Although he was born in England, Thomas Paine was a staunch anti-monarchist by the time the American Revolution was underway. Unlike many other revolutionaries who at first had hoped for reconciliation, Paine felt from the beginning that the colonies should split from Great Britain immediately. He felt and argued that...

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Although he was born in England, Thomas Paine was a staunch anti-monarchist by the time the American Revolution was underway. Unlike many other revolutionaries who at first had hoped for reconciliation, Paine felt from the beginning that the colonies should split from Great Britain immediately. He felt and argued that a monarchy granted too much power to one person (the monarch) and no free people should ever submit to be ruled by one.

His popular pamphlet, Common Sense, published in January 1776, pointed out the corruption and abuses of power that were rampant in the monarchies of Europe at the time. He felt that there was no saving the already much strained relationship between the colonies and Great Britain and revolution was the only course of action.

Paine argued in Common Sense that it was the best time to begin the fight for independence. The evidence of the despotism recently displayed by the English Crown was recent and ongoing. Anti-English feelings were strong. This was, he believed, the best time to make the move to breaking ties with Great Britain and establishing an independent nation.

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Paine argues for the declaration of independence and immediate action because he completely opposes the monarchy system of governance. He argues that the monarchy is granted too much power and authority. In Common Sense, Paine states that the distinction between the monarchy and subjects contradicts the inherent nature of equality among men.

Paine suggests that America is evolved and does not need to pay allegiance to Britain. He suggests that America should declare its independence in order to break away from British hostility and strengthen its ability to participate in international trade. 

Paine argues for immediate action to ensure America is accorded an opportunity to chart its future away from the inherent challenges within the British system. He suggests that America is ready to establish a respectable nation that can form alliances with other nations. However, the ability to improve America’s stature remains hinged on its independence.

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