Comment: As Far The Founders Point Of View

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As Far The Founders Point Of View

I find it highly unlikely that they would have simply launched into open rebellion as you mention, but you bring up an interesting point.

For years preluding, the American War of Independence (I use the term Revolution as only the political movement) the power of armed forces stationed amongst the people was not uncommon. In fact they in a sense were the police of the era, working in conjunction with local militias to prevent hostilities from French, Indian, or domestic troubles. The true point of contention occurred when the British government (not King George but Parliament) began to assert it's power to enforce harsh taxation on the populous.

Adding insult to injury, the gov't then passed the Quartering Acts of 1765 which required to station troops in private homes, barns, inns, etc. if no room was found in the local fort/barracks.

This would all come to a head in 1766 when the British gov't attempted to force the local authorities to not only quarter but also pay for nearly 1,500 troops to be landed in none other than New York City. During a confrontation, a member of the New York Provincial Assembly refused to quarter troops and the resulting exchange of insults lead to blows. The British gov't then threatened to dissolve all local gov't but backed down when the Assembly agreed to pay.

So my long point? New York has always been the head of interesting new conflicts, and I think that the Founders may have just been eying this one with more than suspicion.

Just hope we never see they don't come for our guns: We all know how that turned out on Lexington Common in 1775...

"Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books...Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: 'I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't. I can. And my children will."

-Jimmy Stewart