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"doctrine of reconciliation to the touchstone of nature, and then tell me, whether you can hereafter love, honor, and faithfully serve the power that hath carried fire and sword into your land? If you cannot do all these, then are you only deceiving ourselves, and by your delay bringing ruin upon posterity. Your future connection with Britain, whom you can neither love nor honor, will be forced and unnatural, and being formed only on the plan of present convenience, will in a little time fall into a relapse more wretched than the first."
What key concept about the relationship between an abusive government and its citizens does Paine want readers to understand? Use evidence from the text to support your response. Your response should be one to two complete paragraphs.

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  • Paine uses the idea that colonizers forcefully took the land from the locals and natives and then pressures them to bow down to the British colonial rule. This is an obvious show of abuse of power and it must not be tolerated nor entertained.