I love America. Don’t get me wrong. But that doesn’t mean that the men who created the country were exactly the most “righteous” of beings.
Let’s take it back to the 18th century.
Ah, the colonies. If you’ve ever raised a teenager (although I’m sure most of you haven’t), you can probably relate to how Great Britain felt back in the day. One moment, the colonies were like children: innocent, and at times disobedient. But they knew who the boss was. Then the next moment, they’re telling you they want to move out… basically.
Think about how taken aback Great Britain was. Ever since the colonies were born it had been taking care of it, nurturing it, feeding it imports, and ensuring their safety. Britain even fought the French and Indian War with France just to keep the colonies’ land and safety. But as soon as the immediate danger was gone, the colonies began to think that they were all grown up and ready to face the big world on their own.
Britain, like any good parent, decided that its children would have to learn responsibility. Since the colonies and Britain were all under the same roof, Britain thought that the colonies should pay taxes just like the people living in the parent country. The mutinous adolescents, I mean colonies, grabbed this as an opportunity to have their first major teenager-parent right. They expressed their misguided opinions on how “unfair” it was and how they were so “mistreated”.
If it weren’t so surprising, it would have been laughable. Britain was taxing them for the colonies’ own good. Some of the tax money would be used for maintaining the safety of the colonies. But the colonies were deaf to explanations. They only saw it the way they wanted to see it.
Then came the long list of complaints. The defiant colonies complained about everything they could. They wanted to trade with other nations! They wanted to settle farther into the dangerous unknown! Great Britain could only shake its head with disbelief. Didn’t the colonies know that interacting with strangers is dangerous? Weren’t the current Indian attacks harmful enough? Didn’t they know that it is better to be safe than sorry?
However, as most parents do, Great Britain sometimes let the colonies get away with bad behavior. They withdrew some of their acts and taxes. The crucial mistake many parents make. This only increased the colonies’ rebellious attitudes. They began to act out even more.
The colonies rebelled and protested and even made an official document stating their separation. What was a parent supposed to do? Britain had tried everything it could. The only option now was… to let go. Along the long battle Britain realized that maybe, just maybe, the colonies actually were capable of taking care of itself. And even worse, if the fight went on, the colonies might hate them forever. Never have any means of communication with them ever again. No parent ever wants that.
the new nation was born.
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