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When America Fired the King. by tucsonmike on 22 August 2006 7:07am
 
This is going to be the fastest history of the American Revolution ever. You can get blow by blow accounts of the battles in many places.

The trouble began with the end of what you in Europe call the Seven Years War. We call it the French and Indian War. Britain needed to pay for the war. King George III was correct in wanting the Americans to pay for their defense. Parliament went wrong when it would not allow Americans to be represented. If y'all want to tax me, I ought to have SOME say.

Fast forward to 1775. Benjamin Franklin goes to London representing Pennsylvania. He was made fun of in the Privy Council. As one of his biographers, Stacy Schiff said, he went to England as an Englishman and returned as an American. Even with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, many Americans wondered if this was a good idea. The estimate of the breakdown of where people stood was as follows.
40% supported the Patriots.
30% supported the Loyalists.
30% wanted nothing to do with it, or hated both sides.

The blame cannot be put entirely on the king, but heavily on his minister Lord North.

The moral of the story? The ruler must have the consent of the governed.
 
Re: When America Fired the King. by kazzzz on 22 August 2006 7:34am
 
Hi Mike :)
 
Re: When America Fired the King. by canaveralgumby on 22 August 2006 9:51pm
 
Are you proposing we fire King George 43? Sign me up!

Has anyone seen the tv series on the American Revolution narrated by Walter Cronkite? It's a wonder America exists at all. It's a marvel.

Did you know that about 50% of the time, the Delaware River at Trenton is completely frozen over in the winter? It was a coincidence that it wasn't when Washington needed to cross with the troops to carry out the sneak attack on the Hessians.

There are dozens of stories like that from the war.
 
Re: When America Fired the King. by sighthound on 22 August 2006 10:04pm
 
The biggest miracle was that Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Adams were all there and at the top of their powers at the time. If any one of them had been missing, I doubt that the American Revolution would have succeeded. Rarely has any nation had two statesmen of that extraordinary caliber at the same time; I wish that we had one today.
 
Re: When America Fired the King. by arty_farty on 22 August 2006 10:12pm
 
are they the 4 heads on Mount thingy?
 
Re: When America Fired the King. by sighthound on 22 August 2006 10:43pm
 
No, Mount Rushmore has Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt (Teddy, not Franklin.)
 
Re: When America Fired the King. by arty_farty on 22 August 2006 10:55pm
 
ok
 
Re: When America Fired the King. by bandgeek512 on 22 August 2006 11:25pm
 
Help! Help! I'm being repressed!
 
Re: When America Fired the King. by arty_farty on 22 August 2006 11:31pm
 
bloody US peasant!

;)
 
Re: When America Fired the King. by tucsonmike on 23 August 2006 3:10am
 
LOL! Arty. Well, when is Reagan going up on Mount Rushmore?;-)

Cori, if you impeache George the 43rd, you get Dick the Second. Sure bout that?

It is a miracle we came to be as a nation and no we will not see the likes of those men again.:-(
 
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