Thomas is a Paine in the Ass!
The Madness of King George the III.
How much of the total national economy was devoted to fighting the wars during his reign? How many of his subjects became indentured and sent to the colonies? Seems as if his subjects were treated like currency to serve a wider and more wicked purpose other than that of the Monarch. Who's soul authority is supposed to be divinely inspired to serve the well being of everyone. All well and good this British constitution derived from Magna Carta. Only, it became infiltrated by those who quantify everything.
Who holds their covenant of the 'divine'? One needs to look back into the annals of history...
18th century North Americans read their history avidly and took special interest in the history of Roma. They read these opposition writers with great attention to detail.
Money was the problem in Britain. At home, The Kings authority was limited by the glorious revolution of 1688. Redefining the power a monarch can hold....How to pay for the wars in the colonies. The King did have more power in defining who held his authority. I'm thinking old mad George sold himself into slavery.
Who were the buyers? The Money Changers...and they wanted everything:
The People - The other side of history: Unknown men and women who drive the nation forward. The soldiers, the laborers, the slaves, criminals and all the living life styles and religions inherent upon them all from above...
Pilgrims and refugees....sent out to colonize and spread the threads forward. Intravenous in its artificial nature; designed to siphon the treasure back to the greedy source of despotic control. What is this treasure spent on? More wars, more controversy, more theatre to bring us all to the mouth of Chronos!
Using tools in common law such as writs of assistance...
James Otis argued against these writs of assistance. The merchants hired him as their lawyer to defend against the search and seizure of their vessels. They were, after all, smugglers. They knew it and Otis represented their interests against seizure warrants. This is a great spark in the revolutionary process that followed.
Writs of assistance were court orders that authorized customs officers to conduct general (non-specific) searches of premises for contraband. The exact nature of the materials being sought did not have to be detailed, nor did their locations.
The writs were one of a list of grievances that the Americans harbored against the Crown and contributed to the process of changing loyal colonists into advocates for independence.
After the 7 years war with the French all the booty and land grants were granted mostly to British officers according to rank and privilege. The higher the rank the better the privilege. This gentry of British system of control had their own system of prejudice percolating. Colonial officers and low rankers were treated less than a citizen of the Empire. It made the colonists feel neglected by the British constitution. Prejudice for ones own kind. Or jealousy...whatever! It's a secular division from within.
Earlier, the Spanish displayed these tendencies towards their own kind as well. Example being a pure blood Spaniard born in the mother country was superior in nature to a full blooded Spaniard born in Mexico.
Is this a behavior one should look up to as an example of being human? I think not!
How does this change our understanding of the American Revolution? Essentially, the merchants were breaking the transportation laws and smuggling goods without paying duties. Pirates hacking the system! They were fighting the bigger pirates - King Georgies crazy cronies: The madmen who solicited contracts with the moneylenders and commercial enterprises.
The press seemed to enjoy a freer sense of discourse at the time. Most men of property were quite educated with the ideas presented from earlier times in history. Benjamin Franklin took advantage of this freedom. Silence Dogood as an example. With his writing and printing knowledge he became quite formidable in presenting new ideas to the public. Publishing all sorts of articles and denunciations at the powers of the day. His power, in time, grew to such an extent that he himself could and did control certain publications. After all, he was the Post Master General. A perfect office to hold for a publisher! At first, he was a British citizen through and through....the system did work. It worked great before the debts of the Crown became too overwhelming for the King.
Sorting out the logic and searching for order and revenue. This brings us to the idea of sacred property rights. The colonies sure did have a lot to say on that subject. But, we'll get to that...
First of all, the British parliament passes a proclamation in 1763 declaring a halt on all migration west of the Appalachian Mountains. Thus, killing any chance for squatters or groups of people to go in and take over land from the Indians, or anywhere else, without Crown or parliamentary approval. There's a nifty little clause in there that seems to indicate no one else may deal with the indigenous tribes but for a Crown appointed official. This implies 'ownership' by the Crown even before anyone else has a chance to gain control. The Crown issues trade licenses and warrants to set a tone indicating that the west shall not be a refuge for scoundrels.
Then, a year later, the sugar and currency acts became policy. Sugar, molasses, run, textiles, etc. all had their taxes lowered across the board. Plus, only British ships could be used for transportation. Parliament wanted to cut the smugglers and American shipping out of the picture. The currency act really began a flow of cash for Britain in that it required all funds be shipped to England. On top of all that, these acts also empowered the British Navy to confiscate any and all shipping interests that broke these new policies. If any colonist wanted their goods back they had to travel to Nova Scotia for a tribunal to be heard. How many of those colonists could afford such a journey after having been 'legally raped' of all resources to defend their 'rights'? The authority for these deeds was already in affect with those 'writs of assistance' already mentioned earlier. These new acts gave more teeth to the burgeoning concepts being developed for control and of ultimate corruption....
Lessons learned from the stamp and sugar acts....
After repealing the Stamp Act Parliament decided to pass the Declaratory Act. This is a wicked one because it effectively puts Parliament in control over all colony policy. This leaves the colonies under the net of Parliament. Even unto having any direct redress or appeal to the king himself.
The colonies didn't pay too much attention to this act....being only concerned with the economy. After the Stamp and sugar act debacles something had to be done.
But, there were some who saw this as a prelude to bigger things on the way...taxes! More taxes with bigger teeth to collect it.
Paper - all kinds of paper...
This would be known as the Townshend Duties.
Remember those writs of assistance? This gives power to the enforcers to crush all opposition and feel justified doing it.
All of these acts and policy changes started to stack up. Like making music one note at a time. Stacking the notes to make chords to create lawful Harmony. Harmony for who?
The melody is sounding chromatically ominous....
The rhythm of revolution began to quicken....from the hidden faith of the founding fathers
Who is still hiding in the background behind these machinations of policy?
Somehow, somewhere, someway, we've all forgotten the reasons we were fighting the tyranny in the first place. This pyramid of power from Britain became too large to control from one place and the elite started bickering. So, its essence started to break up into competing groups of control. The Crown of Britain and all it stood for seemed to be breaking apart forever. But, no! There was a bigger plan in the making....
Behind the veil of veils....
The American Elite wanted to control their own destiny! Only, they and the British powerhouse are still NOT the true 'elite'...
Money, honey. Who loves the bunny!
Down the hole we go....
Lo, lo, lo
This video details the more esoteric nature of ideas concerned in American History. It's well produced and researched, dealing with the religious attitudes and beliefs of the time. These are important factors to consider in discerning the social structures that built our nation.
The Crown was used by others to collect a debt! That's nothing new. Wars cost money. The invisible war runs deep!