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  •  Paine was hardly a founder (0+ / 0-)

    He and the other radicals were never included in the founding.

    He forced the founders into the revolution and they forced him out.

    •  He was a provisional founder (0+ / 0-)

      Clearly playing a crucial role in the founding through his pamphleteering, but never having real political power like most of the other founders.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:31:12 PM PST

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