American Crisis, written by Thomas Paine, was, like Common Sense, written during the American Revolution. Paine was a very skilled rhetoric writer. He did not use much logic in his arguments. He was rhetoric. Using that rhetoric, he attacked the Loyalists. These people were living in America, but loyal to the crown of England. This essay this week is about how I believe the Loyalists may have viewed Common Sense’s (Paine’s signature found in American Crisis) thoughts.
Pain from Paine was sent to the Loyalists. He called them unpatriotic, liers, thieves, cowards, traitors, etc. They were not to be trusted. However, from the Loyalists’ or the Tories’, as he so called them, point of view, they believed that America should not push England away. Some were scared and some just did not think it possible for the former-Englishmen to start out on their own country. Therefore, to be called untrustworthy, liers, etc. The Tories must have been angered and probably retorted with something like how they were loyal to the crown. They thought by continuing to stay under rule of England, everything would work out. They wanted to go by the peaceful way.
To continue on, Paine went on to say that men had rights. The men fighting on the American side were fighting for their rights. They had rights. Men had rights; except for the Englishmen, he said. They, he thought, seemed to want their rights revoked, being loyal to the crown. However, the Tories, under the rule, again, of England, was everything they knew. What they were used to. They were not ready to take a step away. It seemed crazy; to leave everything your ancestors knew.