Because freedom can't protect itself
The very WORD 'colonists' means they were rebellious. After all, one of my British friends made that fact painfully clear in what started as a joke on my part but ended with me learning that when British people call them "colonists" they're NOT giving them a compliment.
I asked him if he knew what our Thanksgiving was for, how it had started and what it meant. I mostly wanted to prove I actually know something he DOESN'T know but THAT sure failed.
He replied "Well of course I do. That's when you celebrate the birth of whatever freedoms the colonists' thought they were missing in England by going to the New World."
I don't think he believes they WERE missing any freedoms in England, but he was right about Thanksgiving even though he had ideas about what happened that I'd never heard of and haven't learned from anyone since he mentioned it.
His tone of voice, which was only slightly less polite than it usually is, made me crack up laughing.
He thinks American society is "too out of control" for his taste. I won't even tell you what he thinks of Edward Snowden.
He's part of the British Imperial Society, at least in theory. He comes from an Aristocratic family, but it's mostly figurative now, especially since the fall of the House of Lords.
Of course it didn't HELP that his very first visit to America happened to coincide with the 2000 election and the damn fiasco with the Florida votes and all that NONsense surrounding it.
He said he gathered we're "not really that different from England with the idea of ruling from one family line" (referring to the Bush family and how much they kept getting elected to political offices)
A few years later he would ask if Bush Junior was "the president you Americans have when you're not having a president." Which is funnier now than it was then since I VOTED for Bush Junior - but didn't want to tell him so. I still HAVEN'T told him that.
He did say that who we vote for makes a difference to the rest of the world, though I still can't understand that part.
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