Thomas Paine was a writer, and a good one at that, but should his "ability to put into readable form what others had conceived of" really qualify him to be remembered as a founding fathers? He was not an "original thinker", nor did he ever "utter a new thought" in any of his work. He wrote many great pieces like Common Sense, Rights of Men, and American crisis, which were all full of intellectual and bold thoughts on society,none of those ideas however belonged to Paine. Gordon Woods writes about Paine's life and accomplishments and tries to reason why he is so forgotten by many, and not given credit of being a founding father. Maybe it was his lack of gentlemanly qualities, or the fact that he spent his first 35 years of life in England and then later moved back to England after the revolution, never truly becoming an American. I however believe he never earned founding father status because he just doesn't match up with the others and what they did. Men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, were all great men filled with new and bold ideas for America. They all dedicated their lives to shaping and founding America and that is why they deserve the title of founding father. Paine was a great writer and was able to put other's ideas into words the common man could understand; he got the word out, but "the United States was not home, just a symbol for him". Paine was a great writer,and will be remembered as one, but that is all. To be remembered and to be honored with the title of founding father, America has to be your everything, not just a phase in your life.
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