Funding the (Second) American RevolutionSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 23:39
Those who founded our country, in nearly every respect, were much "freer" than we are today. Modern government reaches farther into our personal lives and pocket books than even King George III would have ever dreamed possible. And yet, despite the colonists' significant level of freedom, they risked every penny of their treasure, their lives, and indeed their "sacred honor" to shed the Empire that claimed authority over them.
We know how their story ended and today we enjoy (what remains of) the fruits of their labor. But do we ever really think about the sacrifices they made, or the heart-wrenching decisions they must have struggled with? What were the odds of their success against the most powerful military on the planet? Do we ever imagine what a single day in their shoes might have been like? ...a rag tag militia at war with a better trained, equipped, fed and paid Imperial Army? Perhaps a few words from David McCullough's book 1776 will provide some perspective:
The retreat of George Washington and his battered little army, southward across New Jersey, began the morning of November 21. --Heavy rains had left the narrow road sloppy with mud, and the men were in tatters, many without shoes, their feet wrapped in rags.