From: Rear Area training facility
The American Revolution, contrary to the propaganda that has been endless repeated since 1776, was not a struggle of oppressed colonies held down by brutal British soldiers and subject to outrageous taxation by a tyrant, George III.
George III was not a tyrant, the tax burden of the colonists was actually less than that of citizens living in Britain, and the soldiers were the colonists best (in some cases only) defense against attacks by Indians.
LOL! Yes, our beliefs of the last 236 years are entirely without reason. Down was up, black was white and clearly we didn't know how good we had it under the British yoke. Oh, if only we could take back that clearly unwarranted decision. Why, British rule was so popular that there were no American volunteer forces, excepting those ginned up by liberal elitists, business owners and propagandists. Remarkable revisionism.
Hey-can't we at least say that the people felt pretty compelled by events to (successfully) revolt openly against British rule? Or will you succumb to the unproven and illogical opinion that they only did it because they were brainwashed heathen?
Only 40% of the colonists actively supported the rebellion, while 20% were active supporters of the British government; the rest were neutral. When 60% of the population either doesn't care or actively opposes a rebellion, it's not exactly accurate to say people were compelled to revolt, is it?
The fact is, it was a small number of elitest-led agitators whose actions led the British government to enact increasing unpopular measures in an attempt to regain control of the colonies. Once enough people, even if a minority, were upset enough to take up arms, the rebellion occurred.