#7. “Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” Thomas Paine
Paine’s Common Sense echoed the fears of Americans who desired a limited government, relegated only to certain small tasks. They knew that a big government was a bad government, and that the only reason governments are instituted among men are to protect our natural rights. Anything beyond that and government becomes tyrannical, eating out the substance of the people and depriving them of their prosperity.