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Bad parents get bad children, England. >:C

Every time USA acts up, it’s just because he wants his father’s attention.

18th September 2010

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2 months ago #9352898        

@Phoenix589: It's a pretty good writeup.
Yeah, despite modern beliefs, the taxes were far from draconic. It was basically the UK asking the colonies to help pay for the crap they'd started. Yeah, the colonies were kinda to blame for setting that whole thing off. George Washington and his troops had ambushed French soldiers and killed them, then promptly gotten his butt kicked when the French retaliated. Fast forward to a world war where the colonies didn't exactly pull their weight.
Seven years later, the UK asked the colonists to chip in, albeit in a lower degree than its citizens. Which didn't go over well.
Fun fact: The independence movement was heavily influenced by powerful smugglers, that didn't like that the tea and other wares brought in by the British were actually cheaper than the stuff they sold. Even after increased taxes.

But the colonies did have a point about direct representation, and thus learned an important lesson, and never did something like that themsel-- wait, US Commonwealth doesn't have direct representation to this day? They have a sort of virtual representation, not unlike what the UK were offering back then? AND they have to pay sales taxes (among others), also not unlike what was demanded of the colonies?
Goddammit, US. Goddammit.

Kidding aside, I'm pretty glad that the US achieved independence... even if the many of the people behind the movement did kind of need their butts kicked.

3 months ago #9339740        

It is true that for a very long time the British treated the Americans through a policy known as "salutary neglect", in which the colonies were basically ignored as long as they were producing and benefitting the mother country. The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) cost the British a great amount of money, and so in order to pay the money, the British began to tax the colonists much more. The colonists felt infuriated by these extra taxes, as they were unused to the higher taxes. (the British did not understand why they would be infuriated by it. From the point of view of the British, the colonists were only helping to pay for the war they themselves had been involved in. Not to mention that at this time the people of Britain endured even far greater taxes than the colonists did, even after tax increases. They did not really understand how the colonists could be angered by small tax increases. I don't understand their anger either, as I probably pay 50 times the taxes that they would have had to pay...) Their argument also remarked that they themselves were not even represented by the British Parliament, so how could the Parliament even say that they had to pay these taxes. (the British argued that they were represented through virtual representation, though this makes very little sense to me) The colonists were angered by the taxes and so the Boston Tea Party occurred. The British then began to crack down on the colonists more (and tax them more, like punishing your rebellious teenager basically. bc that's really what we were, a rebellious teenager that won by pure, dumb luck. (THANK YOU FRANCE WE COULDN'T'VE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!!!!!!!) And thus the American Revolution began.
So basically, this means that the US was just being a bratty teenager who couldn't deal with some taxes... XD The "salutary neglect" really actually benefitted the colonies.
I'm really sorry.... If you've actually read all of this... kudos to you.... and just so you know..... I'm a serious history buff... XD

4 months ago #9335016        

So that's what happened during the Boston tea party, good to know!

4 months ago #9330330        

Aww, little America! I love how he has a teddy eagle.


4 months ago #9329274        

England treated the colonies fairly well up until the Seven Years War (French and Indian War here in the U.S.). After that, relations deteriorated fairly rapidly. Less than twenty years later, the wealthiest and most influential colonists (those most in favor of keeping the status quo) were saying, "Yeah, we probably should tell England to get lost."

It's hard not to blame the British Parliament for the major part of this split. They made some incredibly stupid laws between 1763 and 1775 and expected the Americans (who didn't even recognize the authority of the British parliament on their shores) to simply go along with them.


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4 months ago #9328072        

In all honesty, England treated Murika fairly well - we just reached that rebellious age where we run away... and were then given food by France (in the form of bullets) so that we wouldn't go back.

4 months ago #9327739        

After reading this comic at least 10 times, I finally notice that in the last panel little America painted the stuffed eagle's wings.

The Boston Tea Party was caused by taxation of the American colonies (from which derived the "No taxation without representation" quote, because the colonies weren't represented in Parliament). The first of a long series of America's "Screw this!" to England.

4 months ago #9327330        

Poor ireland


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5 months ago #9323980        

Aw. Tiny America is so cute.


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5 months ago #9322170        


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