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Common Sense

Wherefore, laying aside all national pride and prejudice in favour of modes and forms,
the plain truth is, that IT IS WHOLLY OWING TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE
PEOPLE, AND NOT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE GOVERNMENT, that the
crown is not as oppressive in England as in Turkey.
An inquiry into the CONSTITUTIONAL ERRORS in the English form of government is
at this time highly necessary; for as we are never in a proper condition of doing justice to
others, while we continue under the influence of some leading partiality, so neither are
we capable of doing it to ourselves while we remain fettered by any obstinate prejudice.
And as a man, who is attached to a prostitute, is unfitted to choose or judge a wife, so any
prepossession in favour of a rotten constitution of government will disable us from
discerning a good one.
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