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Old 09-04-2013, 03:59 PM
Location: Cushing OK
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Originally Posted by Grandstander View Post
My read on why the colonists switched the flavor of their propaganda from anti Parliament to anti George is that they managed to delude themselves for a number of years that George was some benevolent paternal figure of good will for the colonies, but whose true desires were being ignored or frustrated by the British legislature. The perception was one of Parliament holding sway in England, but George governing the empire. Parliament was George's child, but so were the colonial legislatures. And why would they not think that? Most of the colonies existed under royal charters, issued by the crown, not by Parliament.

George did not become a tyrant until the fall of 1775 and he responded to the Continental Congress' "Olive Branch Petition" with the Proclamation for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition which declared the colonies in rebellion and officially removed them from the King's protection, their charters revoked. That was a shocker to the majority of the rebels, learning that Father George was supporting their enemies rather than them. The consequence was a sense of betrayal and the shifting of the center of their dispute from being one with the short sighted members of Parliament to one with the Great Tyrant who occupied the throne.
True, but it was very useful too. Parliment was a mixed target. It was already dominated by comercial interests, and many of the prominent colonists considered themselves to be. With Parliment it was an economic matter of taxes and markets, not the hot button stuff that having the king betray you became. So he pinned the target on his own forehead of the man to blame and rise up against. Every revolution needs a focus. Now it had one, bad King George. Of course, at the time nobody gave them much of a chance of succeeding, certainly not across the pond and likely in the middle of the night when its hard to lie, even themselves.
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