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Post by Ben Reilly Sat May 01, 2021 10:04 pm

George Washington was a British citizen born in Virginia Colony in 17whatever. He became a farmer, politician, and then led the rebel army during the American Revolution to victory over the British and his former king, George III. He went on to become the first President of the United States, instituting many presidential traditions that endure to the present.

You'd think King George would hate George W., right? Well, prepare to be impressed ...

Shortly after the Revolutionary War ended, an American artist named Benjamin West was commissioned to paint an official portrait of the King.

George asked him what Washington would now do, having won his Nation’s independence and having become one of the most famous men in the world, and a hero to his own people.

The artist said that Washington intended to return to his farm.

George responded that if Washington did this, he would be the greatest man of the age. The exact words he said may have been slightly different, but George’s sentiment is not questioned by anyone.

That this exchange occurred is remarkable and says a great deal about who King George really was. No man in the world had more reason to hate George Washington than he did. Yet he praised Washington for doing the right thing and emulating Cincinnatus rather than Caesar. Washington stayed at home until, like with Cincinnatus, his Nation needed him again. Then he died as a citizen, rather than as a Dictator or a King.

It is worth noting that King George III was not a tyrant and was in fact a very effective sovereign until mental illness plagued him late in life. When we sought independence, we needed a “bad guy,” so he got the devil’s horns even though our quarrel was actually with Parliament.

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Post by Original Quill Sat May 01, 2021 10:54 pm

George III went mad, before he died.  It was uncertain what he was contemplating, when he said whatever, but my belief was that he was jealous of Washington.

Although colonists were critical, George III was never tyrannical.  Like today, the Hanoverians mere symbols.  George (Louis) I couldn’t even speak English, fcs.  The fight of the Americans was with Parliament, not tyranny.

Damn Americans kept expanding west, which required protection from the French and the Iroquois, which the British were required to put up, which cost the British money!  So, the Brits devised a system of taxation, especially for Americans, and they got a war in return.

My bet is, George III would have coveted a quiet, Virginia farm to retire on, and not be bothered.

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Post by Ben Reilly Sat May 01, 2021 11:26 pm

Yeah, I literally just learned tonight that the reason the Colonials were able to paint George III as a villain was because he wouldn't intervene on their behalf in Parliament and try to win them some seats.

How different the world might be now if one British king had pressured his Parliament to give representation to 13 colonies!

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