The Characterization of America
The society which exists today is very diverse with many different types of people. This was shown by Paine in his characterization of America. Even Though, the society we live in today is very diverse this diversity is broken by a fair and equal government. As described by Paine people live their lives through the differences which they have, so a lot of people don’t have much in common. Ways in which people don’t have much in common is through race, religion, and ethnicity. Paine explained that regardless of those differences which people lived by they should live in equality. Equality in Paine’s mind should began once we had separated and gained our independence from England. Paine’s characterization of America holds true today since the rich and the less fortunate are dealing with the same consequences for their actions, taxes can be argued of whether being fair or not but doesn’t take an outrageous amount from a person's salary, and revolts, protests, and disputes are handled smoothly such as through court.
As Paine characterizes how America should be he states “there the poor are not oppressed , the rich are not privileged.” This shows that in America there is a fight for equality no matter how much money a person has. This shows that being wealthy does not exempt a person from the consequences which a poor person would receive for a negative action. An example of this in today’s society is millionaires Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. They are two famous, rich and famous celebrities receiving their consequences for rape cases. The amount of money they have does not privilege them from the consequences they deserve which is jail time. Two people in different categories of riches being able to receive the same consequences as another who is poor shows how “the poor are not oppressed, the rich are not privileged.”
Paine also characterized that America should have taxes that are fair. He states “their taxes are true because their government is just.” This is true because...