Since we just finished celebrating the 4th of July, it reminded me that I had recently watched an interesting History Channel show, it was a 3 part miniseries, in which some of the basic values of our country as Americans were portrayed….
The British at that time and place, approximately 1760-1776 ruled by King George III were quite frankly, snobbish, class conscious pigs and they ruled America just as they ruled their many other colonies across the world…They were a massive, ruthless, tyrannical colonial power and it was truthfully and haughtily said back then that “The sun never set on the British Empire”….
It was an age where indeed, “Britannia Ruled the Waves”…But it was the British betrayal of fundamental trusts and an implicit understanding with the American colonists that directly led to the outbreak of the American Revolution….Taxation without representation, then as now, was an odious concept to the American people, and tyranny was antithetical to the American spirit….
The biggest mistake the English made was in not realizing that the original American colonists were originally refugees from this very same England, a country which lived by the tenets of the class superiority system, which is why most of them came to America in the first place….
They were not some indigenous native population like in Africa, Asia, (particularly India and China) and the Pacific, including Japan, where the British Empire, which was indeed a mighty force at the time, especially their Royal Navy, could unilaterally set down rules, regulations and laws under the doctrine of brute force and crush any local rebellions…
This policy worked in many of these other British colonies quite handily, and the haughty English representatives in charge of enforcing their mandates on the American colonies had no idea or hint of a clue why they would not, could not or should not work in America as well…..
But make no mistake about it, the English historically had reasons to think they were truly omnipotent overlords of the planet….Indeed, as per my Google sources: “The British Empire comprised the dominions, colonies, protectorates, mandates and other territories ruled or administered by the United Kingdom. It originated with the overseas possessions and trading posts established by England between the late 16th and early 18th centuries. At its height, it was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power.
(1)By 1922 the British Empire held sway over about 458 million people, one-fifth of the world’s population at the time.
(2)The empire covered more than 33,700,000km2 (13,012,000sq mi), almost a quarter of the Earth’s total land area.
(3 & 4)As a result, its political, legal, linguistic and cultural legacy is widespread. At the peak of its power, “the empire on which the sun never sets” was often used to describe the British Empire, because its expanse around the globe meant that the sun was always shining on at least one of its territories.”
But let us backtrack to the American colonies, and the first overt steps toward rebellion against the British Crown, the original Boston Tea Party (most definitely not connected in any way to the modern day crackpot political splinter group that co-opted the original name)…….
They were incredibly brave men, they were liberals, they were patriots, and if they had lost the war with the British they would have been branded as traitors and hung….I am talking about our founding father’s here, men we have all been taught to honor and revere, like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry…etc etc…..
These were men of ideals, bravery and indomitable spirit, and they saw that their was no way of getting a fair deal with the arrogant British, that the only way of adapting to their situation was by outright rebellion and secession from the British Empire, to form their own country…
The British were so set in their ways that they foolishly underestimated not only the will power, the brilliance and imagination, the indomitable spirit and unshakable force of the articulators and authors of the Constitution, such a well reasoned document, so beautifully and skilfully written, but also the toughness, independence and courage of the average American soldier, or “peasant” as the haughty British liked to refer to them as…
The American spirit then and now is a different world view, that all men are created equal, and they shot down in flames the hypocrisy and pretentiousness of the British class system by cleverly out maneuvering, out thinking and out fighting the stodgy military tactics of the British Army and Navy….
They were sent from England to break the Revolution and to grind us down in the dirt, a doctrine and a show of force that had served them well in all their other colonial disputes….But the English made the fatal mistake of underestimating the will power, resilience and strength of character of the average American, and this is why they lost the war and lost America as a colony….
For example, the Americans routinely utilized the military practice learned from the Indian wars, hitting the British army on the march and then retreating, avoiding any pitched set piece battles they were sure to lose…They made a point to ambush the British officers, which scared and confused the average British soldier…General George Washington was a master of this guerrilla warfare, and constantly faded away when over matched and waited until he had the tactical advantage before engaging in any major battles, further confusing and frustrating the English…..
The British Navy was useless against the Americans, because had no navy of our own to fight pitched mighty naval battles in the open sea…. The British were reduced to ferrying troops from one hot spot to another, always subject to sabotage, foul weather or the occasional American privateer, operating independently, also free to hit their target and disappear without any formal sanctions or chain of commands to slow them down…
Having come from England originally, the majority of the colonists were simply not impressed with the British armadas of great sailing fleets and their massed red coated armies of soldiers, and they were most certainly not impressed by the British belief in the divine right of kings and the doctrine of class being the final arbiter in any dispute…
In fact, the rigid class system then existent in England was one of the main reasons most of the colonists had come to America in the first place, to escape such foolish outmoded ideas and to have the freedom to live their own lives in their own way…
They were not about to suffer these fools from England gladly here in this new country, a country they had proven able to carve out by themselves, with minimal assistance from England, from the harsh wilderness and prosper and grow into what became the original 13 colonies….As Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia, so eloquently said, “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!”
The rest, as they say, is history….