Wood states that Paine is a frequently overlooked man when it comes to being proclaimed as one of the founders of the United States. He was never accepted in society as a gentleman because of his sloppy appearance, his obscure origins, and his years in poverty. He didn't belong belong to any one country and had neither "character nor connection." However, as Wood believes and as I believe as well, this is what made him the influential person that he truly was. His level of disinterestedness and his background are his biggest assets and something the other founders lack. The rage and bitter passion he puts into his writings, the simplistic "language as plain as the alphabet" that he uses, and his "anxiety to serve a public cause in preference to myself(himself)" makes him unique. In our modern political culture, politicians contrast with the way Paine was through their ambiguity in policies. They try to gain the appeal of more people by keeping their stance partial, confusing many citizens. In addition, they explain stuff in very grandiose ways making it hard for the common man to understand. Politicians need to get rid of the ambiguity and try to connect to people the way Paine did in the past.
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