Which statement best describes Thomas Paine's argument in this excerpt from Common Sense?
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I have heard it asserted by some, that as America hath flourished under her former connection with Great Britain that the same connection is necessary towards her future happiness, and will always have the same effect. Nothing can be more fallacious than this kind of argument. We may as well assert that because a child has thrived upon milk that it is never to have meat, or that the first twenty years of our lives is to become a precedent for the next twenty. But even this is admitting more than is true, for I answer roundly, that America would have flourished as much, and probably much more, had no European power had any thing to do with her. The commerce, by which she hath enriched herself, are the necessaries of life, and will always have a market while eating is the custom of Europe.
A~He shows that while America earlier flourished because of Britain, it faces a bleak future if British rule continues.
B~He uses anecdotal evidence to imply that America faces a bleak future if British rule continues.
C~He refutes the idea that America depends on Britain, using the opinion that America's trade has a secure future.
D~He implies that America's connection to Britain had prevented it from engaging in trade with European countries.