Common Sense and the Constitution

Thomas Paine’s piece Common Sense and the United States Constitution go hand in hand. In Common Sense Paine argues the need for independence and makes recommendations for America’s organization of Government. In the United States Constitution we see these recommendations enforced and secured as part of our democratic nation. Early on, America established it’s self as a nation built on equality and freedoms that is mimicked by many countries around the world today. A new country, America would begin to pave a way for its self, asserting military force, a thriving economy, and a providing opportunity and prosperity. Together with the help of intellectuals such as Thomas Paine the forefathers, the United States of America set the foundation for independency and liberty.

Thomas Paine made important arguments in his speech concerning the state of the thirteen colonies. He admitted to Britain’s hand for colonization in the New World. However, Paine encouraged the Colonies to fight for independence and break away the throne. He cites Britain for being a contradiction upon itself, where much power is granted to the monarch, and there is no separation of powers. In this, he argues that America should do what Britain cannot, to organize a government that serves for the purpose to “protect liberty”, “life”, and “property”, (Paine, 1776). This cannot be done without an equal balance of power within government. Although some might argue against independence, he notes that it is something that must be done eventually stating, “the continent will feel itself like a man who continues putting off some unpleasant business from day to day, yet knows it must be done”, (Paine, 1776).

The United States Constitution mirrors the words of Thomas Paine. Setting itself apart from Britain, the Constitution established rules and policy of law when it comes to the organization of government of the nation. The Constitution is broken up into Articles. Each Article is relevant to particular rules and policy. Article I provides the rules and power of Congress and the House of Representatives. Article II examines the power and authority of the President while Article III provides power, rules, and statutes regarding the Supreme Court. The Constitution grants power to the relevant authorities to decide and implement laws. In addition, the States are required to honor the laws of the nation and respect the laws of neighboring states.

The American Constitution is important to America, not only to American government but citizens. The preamble of the Constitution states this best, to “form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty”, (Paine, 1776). This is not just a statement it is what American’s live by. Today the Constitution is a document of pride and purpose. The words written in this document is part of American culture and the framework of our society. Without this, American’s would not hold so fast to the identity that we carry today. Known as a nation that provides freedom and equality for many people, Americans pride ourselves in the rights granted to us through democracy and the balance of power observed in government.


Paine, T. (1776) Common Sence. University of Minnesota Library. Indiana,  MN. Retrieved from:


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