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Democracy & Revolution…

   The following is an historical rendition.  It is not the conservative pipedreams of Republicans, the OCD delusions of Glenn Beck, the corporatist propaganda of the Koch Brothers and their Tea Party, or Rupert Murdoch and his Faux News.

During the American Revolution of the 1770s and ‘80s, about 1/3rd of the colonists came to support the struggle, another third oppose, and the last third condemned the actions and violence of both sides.  Most rebellions, when they’re ripe, tend to follow this pattern.

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Many of the Indian native inhabitants, like the Canaanites in the ancient Levant, certainly had first dibs on the land.  The European colonists were simply the latest manifestation of self-appointed “chosen people.”

These natives largely supported the British side, because one of the main aims of the colonists was unlimited expansion west and the virtual genocide of the Indians.  Britain had outlawed colonial moves into the Ohio Valley, etc.

African slaves also tended to side with the Brits since they were promised their freedom in return.

Virtually all of the British Empire colonies eventually opted for commonwealth status.  Thus would have been the fate of the Americans but for the timely intervention of French regular forces and their fleet.

The British allies—many Indians and black slaves—were abandoned in the peace Treaty of Paris.  Their subsequent fate at the malevolent hands of god-fearing Americans is well-documented enough for me to ignore that recitation.

   (No, Michelle Bachmann, slavery did not end with the American Revolution, but with a Civil War some 80 years later.  Perhaps you were in the girl’s room practicing your eye-liner during that class…)

The American colonial Loyalists to Britain (“our” side were termed “patriots”) fled or were expelled violently and their property confiscated.  (Still in litigation today…)

In part, this posting was prompted by a “Quote of the Day” (27Feb.) in the NY Times.  A Ms. Kelly Gant of Bartonville, TX, whose children have become quite ill after a gas well was set up near their house, stated:

   “I’m not an activist, a Democrat, [or an] environmentalist….  I’m just a person who isn’t able to manage the health of my family because of all this drilling.”

Now me, I’d wonder if there isn’t a connection between all that lack of activism, etc., and the ability of corporations to do pretty much whatever the hell they want.

Maybe if we all just laid down and cried, they’d listen to us, eh?  God forbid we should resist…

               Dr. Publico

Category: Education, History
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