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It all began in a pub one cold December night, when I and a friend were once again discussing the fine points of the future of our colonies over a pint. Before we had always been on the same page about the revolution, agreeing it would cost us more in the end run to separate from our motherland. But tonight was different; I found myself desiring something more for our great New World and convinced that we could do it. And I was going to convince my friend, and others, to rise beside me and do the same. We started off the night as we usually do, with small talk of our families, but I was aching to bring up this new information that I had recently acquired; this new text that had put the spark of revolution in my soul. Finally, our typical topic about the fate of the colonies came up and I spoke of a pamphlet that I had been handed entitled Common Sense. And indeed, it was common sense, for once I had read the pamphlet, in one sitting no less, I felt as if an idiot for not coming up with the ideas myself. The conditions that England has put us under are “the same miseries… which we might expect in a country without government .” (Paine, CS, 74) My pub mate agreed, saying how each part of the British government blames each other part so that we, the nation, continue to suffer, never knowing who is at fault and being able to do nothing about our grievances. My companion went on to say that the British government, under which we now resided, lacked a balance between liberty and order; that something needed to change. He went on to quote the recent Declaration of Independence, saying that “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter of abolish it.” (RTAP, 128) I absolutely agreed to these terms, but mostly with the latter option, that of abolishing our present government, under which so many
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atrocities had been carried out, among them the Intolerable Acts and the unwanted posting of British troops within the colonies. My friend looked at me in shock, flabbergasted that I could suggest something so radical.
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