"In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense...Volumes have been written on the subject of the ranks have embarked in the controversy , from different motives , and with various designs:; but all have been ineffectual, and the period of debate is closed. Arms, as the last resource, decide the contest; the appeal was the choice of the king, and the continent hath accepted the challenge..."
Thomas Paine was making his powerful argument, simple. Men of all ages and jobs have been talking and writing about the controversy of Britain and America, but all have been ineffective. The king has been chosen to battle by taxing the colonists and the colonists take on the challenge.