Another history lesson



The answer to this question depends on how you define the Founding Fathers. If you're talking about the pre- and during-Revolutionary War Founders, the answer would be "pay the taxes, assuming they'd been given representation in Parliament." After all, the rebellion was not so much over the amount of taxes that colonists had been forced to pay, but that they were being forced to pay without having any say in the matter. So if this is your answer, then you're a bunch of freaking morons who don't understand the lessons of your own history.

If you're talking about the post-Revolutionary Founding Fathers, the answer would be "tell you to pay your taxes, and if you revolt in response, break up your rebellion with deadly force if necessary," just like Washington did with the Whiskey Rebellion. After all, the Founding Fathers believed in taxation--they had a country to run, and that required money. So if this is your answer, then you're a bunch of freaking morons who don't understand the lessons of your own history.

I'd like to add a corollary to Santayana's famous quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." It's a work in progress, but the general idea is something like "those too stupid to get their own history correct should be required to eat with corked forks, lest they stab their own eyes out." I'm open to suggestions.

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