Paine was an undeniably influential figure during the nation’s fledging moments but his works after Common Sense caused public opinion of him to fall. He eventually became unknown and ignored. It is a pity that he fell so far from his place in society since he was someone who was able to “express more boldly and eloquently than any other writing of the time” the ideas and sentiments of the revolution to the colonist and to other international powers at the time. (209) His work acted as another one of the numerous pushes that caused the colonists to declare their independence. He fits into our modern political culture in that in wrote things in such a way that “reach people with a simple common style” because “he wanted to write for ordinary people.” (220) People always want a political figure to be relatable and seem like they care for everyone on a personal level. Paine’s way of writing did just that. Modern politicians see the effect of Paine's writing style on the common people and follow it. Paine also exemplifies why most politicians decide that it is beneficial to keep a more moderate view on many issues. Paine invoked the disdain of his fellow colonists when he “vehemently attacked Christianity, the Bible, and the orthodox religion and said things that most ordinary folk found unforgivable” in The Age of Reason. (221) Since a majority of the people held the religion close to their hearts, the public opinion of him plummeted.
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