Our Great Nation…The United States of America was born after 1300 American Patriots gave their lives in a fight to create a Sovereign Nation. A Republic where its citizens have the right to choose their representatives, the right to speak, the right to pray to the God of their choice and the right to live their lives in the manner of their choosing. The blood shed by these American Patriots is the very foundation on which our Country was built.
The American Revolution – the war of 1775-1783
-13 British colonies in North America broke free from British rule and became the United States of America
The American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen British colonies on the North American continent (as well as some naval conflict). The war was the culmination of the political American Revolution, whereby the colonists overthrew British rule. In 1775, Revolutionaries seized control of each of the thirteen colonial governments, set up the Second Continental Congress, and formed a Continental Army. The following year, they formally declared their independence as a new nation, the United States of America. From 1778 onward, other European powers would fight on the American side in the war. Meanwhile, Native Americans and African Americans served on both sides.
Throughout the war, the British were able to use their naval superiority to capture and occupy coastal cities, but control of the countryside (where 90% of the population lived) largely eluded them due to their relatively small land army. In early 1778, shortly after an American victory at Saratoga, France entered the war against Britain; Spain and the Netherlands joined as allies of France over the next two years. French involvement proved decisive, with a French naval victory in the Chesapeake leading to the surrender of a British army at Yorktown in 1781. The Treaty of Paris in 1783 ended the war and recognized the sovereignty of the United States over the territory bounded by what is now Canada to the north, Florida to the south, and the Mississippi River to the west.
The war of American independence could be summed up as a civil war fought on foreign soil, as opposing forces comprised both nations’ residents. That said, it is a war that America could not have survived without French assistance. In addition, Britain had significant military disadvantages. Distance was a major problem: most troops and supplies had to be shipped across the Atlantic Ocean. The British usually had logistical problems whenever they operated away from port cities, while the Americans had local sources of manpower and food and were more familiar with (and acclimated to) the territory. Additionally, ocean travel meant that British communications were always about two months out of date: by the time British generals in America received their orders from London, the military situation had usually changed.
Suppressing a rebellion in America also posed other problems. Since the colonies covered a large area and had not been united before the war, there was no central area of strategic importance. In Europe, the capture of a capital often meant the end of a war; in America, when the British seized cities such as New York and Philadelphia, the war continued unabated. Furthermore, the large size of the colonies meant that the British lacked the manpower to control them by force. Once any area had been occupied, troops had to be kept there or the Revolutionaries would regain control, and these troops were thus unavailable for further offensive operations. The British had sufficient troops to defeat the Americans on the battlefield but not enough to simultaneously occupy the colonies. This manpower shortage became critical after French and Spanish entry into the war, because British troops had to be dispersed in several theaters, where previously they had been concentrated in America.
The British also had the difficult task of fighting the war while simultaneously retaining the allegiance of Loyalists. Loyalist support was important, since the goal of the war was to keep the colonies in the British Empire, but this imposed numerous military limitations. Early in the war, the Howe brothers served as peace commissioners while simultaneously conducting the war effort, a dual role which may have limited their effectiveness. Additionally, the British could have recruited more slaves and Native Americans to fight the war, but this would have alienated many Loyalists, even more so than the controversial hiring of German mercenaries. The need to retain Loyalist allegiance also meant that the British were unable to use the harsh methods of suppressing rebellion they employed in Ireland and Scotland. Even with these limitations, many potentially neutral colonists were nonetheless driven into the ranks of the Revolutionaries because of the war. This combination of factors led ultimately to the downfall of British rule in America and the rise of the revolutionaries’ own independent nation, the United States of America.
Surprisingly, the number of American Patriots who were killed over the course of the Revolutionary War numbered approximately 1300 dead. (this does not include the number of British soldiers killed)
These American Patriots, the ultimate sacrifice that they made fighting for Freedom, for Liberty, for an Ideal seems to be forgotten today.
Our schools apparently no longer teach The History of The United States of America nor does it appear that our youth are required to take Civics class any longer as evidenced by the reaction to the presidential election this year.
The violence perpetrated against those who support our President-Elect, the public threats of assassination, calls to rape his wife, as well as the so-called “educators” allowing our children to miss class to protest the outcome of a fair and democratic election is sickening, evil and completely disrespects the memory of 1300 American Patriots who gave their lives so that future generations would have the RIGHT to protest (without violence). Their sacrifice insured us that we have the right to live without a Tyrannical Government telling us what to think, how to act, and what to say, without persecution.
I have NEVER seen such a complete lack of respect for the Democratic Election Process of the United States of America in the almost fifty years that I have been alive.
The very foundation of our Sovereign Nation was built on the principles of “a Government For the People, Of the People and By the People.” This is what has made our Country different from all others.
We, the People are allowed to choose who will represent our interests as our President every four years. This means that some of us will not have our choice as President for the next four years. Guess what folks? This is what democracy is all about.
We, as Americans have the right to say “I’m not happy with the results” in a peaceful and respectful manner, that is only because 1300 American Patriots DIED for us to have that right.
No American has the RIGHT to threaten the life of another citizen, nor do they have the RIGHT to harm another citizen because of their beliefs. That is NOT what this Republic is about.
I am sickened by what I have witnessed in these so called “protests”. People burning the American Flag, Mexican flags being held high, Supporters of our President -Elect being dragged out of their vehicle and beaten nearly to death by groups of “protestors”.
What gives these Anti-American rioters the RIGHT to harm American citizens, to burn the Nation’s Flag or to wave a Mexican Flag and call it a “protest” against an incumbent President?
How dare they! These are the same groups who on television (main stream BIASED media) talk about “love trumps hate” and “Healing” and “Unity for our Nation”. Total HYPOCRISY!
This is serious! Our current President, as well as the candidate who lost the election and the main stream BIASED media have all chosen to not publicly condemn.
I am appalled by their lack of reaction to the widespread violence during these riots which are being promoted as “protests”. Why are people making the threats to the life and rape of the wife of our President-Elect not being prosecuted? Why are these crimes against our citizens being ignored?
I, for one have had it. This is NOT acceptable and should not be okay with ANY American. It disrespects our veterans, our citizens and our Republic.
The fact of the matter is this: The results of this election have been made public. If you do not like the results, you have the RIGHT to vote him out of office in four years. If you choose to express your like or dislike of him, you have the RIGHT to protest in a peaceful, respectful manner.
We do not always get what we want in life but that does not give ANYONE the RIGHT to become Violent, or to Vandalize or destroy others’ property or their person, nor does it give anyone the right to disrespect this great nation and the millions of Americans who have and currently serve and who sacrifice their very lives to protect us, by burning the United States Flag.
If you feel so hateful towards the Republic of the United States of America, its Citizens its laws and its Flag, you are free to leave NOW and find a country more suited to your personal beliefs.
If you plan to stay, I would suggest you read the Bill of Rights, The United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. These documents will assist you in Learning To Respect the LAWS of our Country.
Finally, I would strongly suggest that you enlist in one of the United States Armed Services that is where you will learn what it means to be an American.
When you are willing to put your life on the line to protect this great nation, then you will have an honest RIGHT to respectfully protest.
God Bless America!