So I was just watching the most recent John Green video and he talks about how conflicts in real life are complicated and it’s hard to tell who’s on the side of right or wrong (among other things — the video is primarily about the conflict in the Central African Republic). Near the end he poses…
Not more than two weeks back I was in a conversation about how in America we make everything a “just war”. So the American Revolution can’t have people question it because FREEDOM! I have gotten reamed out multiple times over the years for holding the position that America was not right in starting that war, and that we can’t take any credit for “winning” either.
I was really thinking about asking people from countries that peacefully split (or at least are self governing now) from the British Empire what they thought of the American Revolution given that it’s proven that violence isn’t the only way to get to this point. So your post was very well timed.
To be fair the influx of United Empire Loyalists has had a profound and lasting effect on the history and culture of my country (and the region I live in more specifically, where a number of towns were founded by UELs) so that has an impact on the way that war is taught and viewed in Canadian schools. Canada did have several failed rebellions before peacefully moving towards independence and no one can seem to decide how to feel about them.
Patrick Kane scores in OT to win the game for the blackhawks! Series is now tied 2-2!
who has two thumbs and patty kane on their fantasy team THIS GUY
So I was just watching the most recent John Green video and he talks about how conflicts in real life are complicated and it’s hard to tell who’s on the side of right or wrong (among other things — the video is primarily about the conflict in the Central African Republic). Near the end he poses the question: ”I mean, who were the good guys in the American Revolution?”
To which my first, instinctive response was, “Well if you HAD to pick a good guy it would DEFINITELY be the Loyalists, they were just chilling minding their own business and being content with the current stable political situation and then the patriots started tarring and feathering them and running them out of town on a rail and appropriating all of their possessions and forcing them to flee to, like, CORNWALL, all just because they weren’t mad at the government!”
And then John Green was like, “The Americans were for freedom and democracy, right? Well yeah, except for slaves…”
So. Ahem. Matters of perspective and all. Sorta puts into focus the difference between “peace, order and good government” and “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” eh?
American english is like real english but badly spelled…
someone really needs to add a column with Canadian English because even I’m not 100% sure if it’s moustache or mustache, plough or plow, jewelry or jewellery…
(spellcheck tells me the US spellings are incorrect for the first two but not jewel(le)ry, CURIOUS)
The most respectable moment in sports is after a Stanley Cup Playoff series. When players line up and shake hands after beating each other up for anywhere between 4 and 7 games. One is elated. The other, heartbroken.
Today the first series of the 2014 playoffs ended. Montreal swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in commanding fashion.
Also, the guy with the gold medal and the guy who got injured and couldn’t go to the Olympics. OUCH.
PACIORETTY SCORES WITH 46 SECONDS LEFT AND THE HABS SWEEP THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. THEY MOVE ON TO THE SECOND ROUND.
Aaaaaaaand the riot police are on call in Montreal…
Skye and Darcy meet and everyone slowly regrets that.
YES I WANT THIS CAN THESE TWO PLEASE HAVE THEIR OWN MOVIE
Women could have affairs in 18th century England and not die afterwards.
English Literature, Brandeis University
Bruins take an early lead! Florey scores his first ever NHL goal!
Also, can we take a moment and appreciate Howard’s splits ability?