If an American could compare the liberties he enjoys with those of a pre-Revolutionary War colonist, he might well wish to find the nearest time machine and switch shoes. And wearing those shoes, perhaps he would have opportunity to read the words of Thomas Jefferson, with the ink barely dry on the Declaration of Independence:
The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States.
In penning these words, Jefferson became the liar of the century. His assessment was verifiably false, yet his words have had resounding historical impact.
The colonists actually had a sweet deal, particularly with taxation. The total burden of British imperial taxation was about 1% of national income, and no higher than 2.5% in the southern colonies.
How’d ya like rates like that now, American?
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Tim Holcombe: "Why The American Revolution Was A Mistake"
Food for thought, here. A taste: