The Declaration of Independence: Loyalists vs. Patriots

We all know the Declaration of Independence, and we all probably view it as a great document: after all, it’s how Americans declared their freedom from the British. We have an idea of how the Patriots might have viewed it, but have we ever really thought about how the Loyalists might have viewed it? (Aside from, you know, being generally upset about it). Let’s take a brief look at both perspectives.)

For an additional look at how differently the Patriots and Loyalists thought (and outside of a Declaration of Independence standpoint), I would recommend listening to “Farmer Refuted” from Hamilton.

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The Loyalist Perspective:

A loyalist is defined as a colonist of the American revolutionary period who supported the British cause. Most of the colonists of that time period kind of had an iffy relationship with the British. This was due to things such as the murder/mistreatment of colonists by British soldiers and taxation without representation. The colonists had 27 total complaints, all of which were documented in the Declaration of Independence.

Initially, the Loyalists would’ve viewed the Declaration of Independence as blasphemous. They would’ve been offended as well, due to the lengthy list of complaints the colonists had. Even if they didn’t agree with every single thing the British did, they wouldn’t have openly complained about it. They respected the British rule, and they didn’t really have any reason not to respect them. They also might’ve agreed with the statement that all men are created equal…they just would’ve thought that they’re already equal under the British rule.

After the Declaration of Independence, the Loyalists might’ve anticipated an uproar for sure. Some of them might’ve anticipated protests, and some might’ve anticipated war.

However, I don’t think anyone anticipated their precious Britain losing control over the colonies.

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The Patriot Perspective: 

Patriots are defined as colonists who rebelled against the British rule. The Patriots are the colonists I described above, the ones that had an iffy relationship with the British. They didn’t like all the ridiculous taxes and acts the British imposed on them. They didn’t like the ways that the British soldiers had treated the colonists. They are the ones responsible for the Declaration of Independence.

A Patriot would’ve viewed the Declaration of Independence as empowering. It probably would’ve felt great to tell King George off, and  in a classy way. (Think about it: they could’ve just said “Hey, we hate you and we don’t want to be a part of your country” and they could’ve been really childish about it. Instead, they went the classy route and laid out all their complaints and principles. But I’m going on a bit of a tangent here.)  They probably would’ve thought it was great that King George finally knew how they’d felt under his rule, and they would’ve felt liberated because of it.

After the Declaration of Independence, the Patriots had to have known that this wasn’t going to pass quietly. They had to have known that there would’ve been a lot of protests, especially from the Loyalist side. They might’ve even anticipated a war.

And, since I’m assuming they were bound to be more than just a little cocky after the Declaration of Independence, they probably thought that if there was a war, they would win.

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No Uterus, No Opinion

*Disclaimer: The following post was written for a Social Studies assignment regarding the election tomorrow. However, this post does reflect my personal views on the election. The title doesn’t reflect any personal views of mine, it’s just a Friends quote I liked, and I figured it was somewhat related. #ImWithHer*

“Look, Planned Parenthood has to stop with the abortions.”

“I am against abortion, and that is a tremendous amount of work that [Planned Parenthood does].”

“In the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother.”

“Public funding of abortion providers is an insult to people of conscience.”

“I am committed to nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, signing into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide, defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.”

“I’m not supporting Planned Parenthood.”

“I am opposed to abortion.”

What do all of these statements have in common? They’re all things that have been said by a man running to be the leader of our country: Donald Trump. They’re all either statements that are just plain hateful, or untrue.

Why in the world would you vote for a man who says things that are hateful (and in some cases, completely and utterly untrue)? A man who, after saying all of the above–and more, has the audacity to say, “I’m going to be really good for women. I’m going to be good for women’s health issues.”

That statement just might be the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard him say, even more absurd than his lewd comments about his daughter, Ivanka.

Donald Trump is the worst possible candidate for women and women’s health issues, and here are the top three reasons why:

  • He wants to ban abortion after twenty weeks. While the majority of abortions performed in the United States are performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, about 1.3% of pregnancies are terminated after twenty weeks. These are referred to as late-term abortions (dilation and evacuation), and they are performed because the fetus’ health is in danger or because the mother’s health/life is in danger, and in some cases, because the fetus has died in the womb (or is very unlikely to survive outside of the womb).  And just to clarify, no, the fetus is not ripped out of its mother’s womb at nine months. That is a crude description of delivery, not a description of a late term abortion. If Trump were to ban abortion after twenty weeks, he would be taking a decision belonging to a woman and her doctor out of their hands. Is that really what’s best for women’s health?
  • Trump wants to defund Planned Parenthood, and believes that abortions are the main service provided by Planned Parenthood, when in reality, abortion is only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood. The rest of the services provided by Planned Parenthood include contraceptive access, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, classes on sexuality, and other healthcare services. Specifically, Planned Parenthood provides school and sports physicals, vaccinations (flu and tetanus), help with quitting smoking, anemia testing, and various screenings including thyroid, diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure, all at an affordable rate. Does it make sense to take away funding for a service like this? (Note: their services do vary by location, so in order to find out exactly what’s offered in your state, visit their website here.)
  • Lastly, Trump is not a woman, does not respect women, and clearly has no understanding of what a late-term abortion is or why they are performed. Trump has said that there should be some form of punishment for women who get abortions. It’s not right to criminalize a woman because she had an abortion. Women chose to get abortions for a number of reasons, including rape, incest, inability to provide for/care for a child, or because they are not ready to be pregnant. Whatever the reason, abortion is a choice that belongs to the mother. It’s a choice that does not warrant any form of punishment.

You, as a potential voter, have a choice as well. A choice between an unqualified, misogynistic, sexist, and racist candidate and a candidate who is qualified, intelligent, respectful, and likable.

On Tuesday, November 8, vote Hillary Clinton as the President of the United States.