England says she keeps troops here for our own protection. On face value, this seems reasonable enough, but there is really no substance to their claims. First of all, who do they think they are protecting us from? The French? Quoting from our friend Mr. Bailey on page 54, "By the settlement in Paris in 1763, French power was thrown completely off the continent of North America.’ Clearly not the French then. Maybe they need to protect us from the Spanish? Yet the same war also subdued the Spanish, so they are no real worry either. In fact, the only threat to our order is the Indians…but we have a decent militia of our own…So why are they putting troops here. The only possible reason is to keep us in line. With more and more troops coming over, soon every freedom we hold dear will be stripped away. The great irony is that Britain expects us to pay for these vicious troops, these British squelchers of colonial justice.
We moved here and we are paying fewer taxes than we did for two generations in England, and you complain? Let’s look at why we are being taxed – the main reason is probably because England has a debt of L140,000,000….This sounds a little greedy, I mean what right do they have to take our money simply because they have the power over. Us. But did you know that over one-half of their war debt was caused by defending us in the French and Indian War…We are the ones that benefited from their protection. We must pay our fair share. We must be sensible, unlike those rabble-rousing Sons of Liberty. The Sons of Liberty never seem to worry about the rights of citizens when they trash people’s homes.
Adapted from How People Learn: Brian, Mind, Experience, and School pg.162