Thanks to reader Stephen Bone for his generous comment yesterday re:
France and “the colonies.” He adds, of my picking on the French, “After
all, without France we would not have a country.” But historic time
presents us with a riddle. What would America be like without the
American Revolution? Possibly much like it is today.
Consider what Hitler might have felt when he drove his troops into Paris on June 14, 1940. Americans held still for two years without defending their French allies of the Revolution. Why would they bother to defend their natural enemies, England? But aid we did and we culturally rebonded with England via the invasion of France with both our armies.
Here in New England taxes went up after the Revolution, although the farmers were promised they would go down. And are taxes worth fighting for anyway? And had all the English-speaking realms together banned slavery as England did by the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, the American Civil War would have been avoided.
I couldn’t help notice yesterday that Australia’s economy is booming. It is the first major economy since the start of the financial crisis to record a surplus. One of my sons works there and another heads to England next year to study. They feel quite as home there as they do here. Increasingly, with a little help from the Beatles, Chef Gordon Ramsay, Harry Potter, British journalists and editors like Stuart Varney and the like, it appears that things would have naturally occurred this way in time had not the Revolution broken us apart, and required two horrendous world wars to bring us back together. Back to where we appear to have been heading in the first place.