When history does not support your argument, make up your own! That is what Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America has done in his latest interview with the UK’s Channel 4 News. As you can watch here, Mr. Pratt invents from whole cloth a brand new cause of the Revolutionary War, and tells it to the British:
In his attempt to paint the president as King George III, Mr. Pratt invented a whole new Revolutionary War, one which never existed. In Mr. Pratt’s mind, the war was against a tyrant, a brutal dictator, who attempted to enslave the colonies and impose harsh taxes upon the them. In the real world, the fight was not against harsh taxes, or against a tyrant, but about representation. The colonies had no say in Parliament, yet had taxes, very light taxes mind you, imposed on them. Also Parliament imposed trade restriction upon the colonies, telling them who they were, and were not, allowed to trade with. All of these impositions without a single voice in the halls of government.
The battle cry was “No Taxation Without Representation,” not “No Taxes.” (Something teabaggers can’t seem to remember – Editor)
Mr. Pratt also went on to claim other things not based in reality. He claimed that the 2nd Amendment was imposed to allow an armed mob to overthrow the government. History tells him this is not so and that the 2nd Amendment was actually introduced to preserve slavery and later became validation for the National Guard. According to Pratt’s argument, the Whiskey Rebellion should have been allowed to continue, but instead George Washington stamped it out. Violently. So much for right-wing Constitutional scholarship and knowledge of American history.
In an audio interview with VCY America, Pratt continued this vein, as you can hear for yourself here:
As nobody has even advocated once to go door-to-door confiscating guns, Mr. Pratt is sounding more and more out of touch with reality. The only person who has crossed the line is Mr. Pratt, in his call for armed revolt against the democratically elected government of the United States. But this is nothing new, as Mr. Pratt has said this before. He continues to claim fantasy as fact, and is so far in right-wing la-la land that he considers Justice Scalia too liberal.
The only person who is attempting to be a tyrant here is you, Larry Pratt. Your continuing attempt to force an overthrow of the elected government is demonstrating that you are not only anti-american, but a traitor. No self-respecting citizen of the United States will listen to your prattle. It is time you woke up, and abandoned this fantasy land you’ve invented for yourself.
Nathaniel Downes is the son of a former state representative of New Hampshire, now living in Seattle Washington.