You must not be an American. Paine wasn't even a citizen here. He was a British citizen, and moved back after the war.
The full title of Common Sense was "Common sense: addressed to the inhabitants of America (by an outsider ie) on the following subjects.
xxx xxx Written by an Englishman.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
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