These days, all anybody talks about is Miley Cyrus
“She used to be so cute,” they say. “Whatever happened to the old Miley?”
The truth is, Miley grew up, like most people do. She began to think for herself and make her own choices, ultimately breaking free from the reign of her parents and facing the world on her own.
Sound familiar? That’s because some surprising parallels can be drawn between the foundation of The United States of America and the maturing of Miley Cyrus.
When it was first discovered and successfully colonized by England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands, America was the much fussed about darling of the world. It had good soil for growing, a huge amount of land, and plenty of natural resources. As time grew on and the English presence in the colonies increased, it became clear that
Miley America was a huge moneymaker. It needed supplies and could only trade with Britain, giving the mother country a monopoly on all things American.
The foundation of America was built on the belief that British citizens were better than anybody else. Colonists were drawn to the colonies because they were, in effect, still British, and because of that infinitely superior to other people, such as the Native Americans, Spain, and especially France. America was an extension of its parent country, doing only what it was told to do by its British laws and officers.
That is, until it began to think for itself.
As America aged, the colonists began to realize that they were the victims of a tyrannical government, who did things without their consent and annoyed them all the time. “Mom” began telling them who to trade with and making them pay taxes without any representation in Parliament.
America, being a bratty teenager, rebelled.
Now, much like Miley Cyrus expressed her grand act of teenage rebellion in a way most young adults would not (Seriously, how many teenagers do you know who have waved their behinds in the air on national television?), America expressed its unhappiness with the way things worked in a dramatic, large-scale fashion. The colonists waged war on their mother country, growing more and more resolute as the fighting went on. Eventually, America declared itself independent and separated itself from its parent forever.
The Declaration of Independence was America’s version of twerking.
Miley Cyrus’ overly sexual dancing at the VMAs proved that she was not under the control of her parents. She would be her own person and make her own mistakes because she has the right to do that.
America’s Declaration of Independence showed that it no longer would tolerate having Britain as an ever-present mother country. The colonists were more than capable of running their own economy, making their own rules, and controlling their own legal systems.
So before you start criticizing Miley Cyrus for expressing her independence and growing up, maybe you should think about the consequences if that rebellious teenage stage didn’t exist.
Sources: Bailey, Thomas A., David M. Kennedy, and Lizabeth Cohen. The American Pageant. Eleventh ed. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.