He was not valued in these "United States of America" due to his reasoned position against slavery and after his "Age of Reason" writings while in France, based on the same (external authority) cult mentality that infect most today.
Even after written petition from Thomas Pain then Presedent George Washington turned a deft ear and his back on hero Thomas Paine while he waited wasting near certain death in a french prison for being an infidel, this after fighting side by side with him in the war for independance.
Thomas Paine is the founding father of the United States.
And only four attended his funeral.
Most discussion of him at the time of his death was on did he or did he not recant his position on religion.
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