The American Revolution Wasn’t Paradise
by Right Wing Fighter
If you’ve listened to talk radio as much as I have, or if you’re plugged in to the modern right generally, you’ve probably picked up the idea that the American Revolution was an idyllic time. We are told that all the nation came together as a single man, and went out to battle with the legions of George the 3rd. Afterwards, the Constitution was written, and peace and goodwill reigned over America.
This isn’t the truth. First, the American army at the time was badly supplied and often wasn’t even paid. Under the “national government” at the time, the states had the right to give tax money to the national government or not, at their discretion. All the national government could do was ask the states to give it money to win their independence with. But the states, jealous of each other and always hankering for an advantage over each other, usually wouldn’t pay. They didn’t want to pay money towards the national government because the other states might not pay their own share of the taxes. Or at least that was the excuse offered.
And the result of this jealousy? The soldiers often had too little to eat, and not enough clothes. Some men were actually naked, whilst others had no shoes and left bloody footprints in the snow during winter. They were demoralized and felt forgotten by the state governments, as indeed they were. This is why the Revolution dragged on for 8 1/2 years: the army was so badly taken care of by the state governments that it often couldn’t fight. After the revolution, the state’s continued to be jealous of each other and national unity was all but gone. In fact, many people didn’t even think of America as a nation.
The Constitution was written, with a lot of opposition in the drafting convention, and then sent to the states. Some states, like Pennsylvania, passed it with only a small minority of the electorate voting for it. The Federalists played tricks in Pennsylvania to get it passed, and basically foisted it on the state. Similar tricks were tried elsewhere. In Virginia, there was a lot of opposition, and at the end of their convention the Constitution was barely ratified. The same was true in other states. What this means is, contrary to the revisionist version of the story, the Constitution met with great opposition, and barely survived at all.
Many people wouldn’t have gone along with it at all, unless George Washington, the hero of the revolution, was made president. He was, and that cooled tempers for a while. Most people had implicit trust in Washington. Besides, why would he win their independence just to take it away with the dictatorship that a few cranks feared? And so the house of American national unity was built on the Rock of Washington. Without him, without his enormous influence and popularity, the national government would never have been founded. This should show, contrary to the revisionists, that the times were not idyllic.