Loyalists Who Fought With The British AGAINST Our Founding Fathers Were Conservatives

by Ben Hoffman

Larabee (1948) has identified eight characteristics of the Loyalists that made them essentially conservative. Psychologically they were older, better established, and resisted innovation. They thought resistance to the Crown–the legitimate government–was morally wrong. They were alienated when the Patriots resorted to violence, such as burning houses and tarring and feathering. They wanted to take a middle-of-the road position and were angry when forced by the Patriots to declare their opposition. They had a long-standing sentimental attachment to Britain (often with business and family links). They were procrastinators who realized that independence was bound to come some day, but wanted to postpone the moment. They were cautious and afraid of anarchy or tyranny that might come from mob rule. Finally they were pessimists who lacked the confidence in the future displayed by the Patriots.

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3 Comments to “Loyalists Who Fought With The British AGAINST Our Founding Fathers Were Conservatives”

  1. So Loyalists were against the coming national order of the Patriots and that made them Conservative ? Today’s Conservatives are trying to save the National Order those Patriots created. They are against changing back to Big Government Tyranny.

    • You’ve got it, Alan! Conservatives are those who never come up with their own ideas. The progressive founding fathers, with their radical ideas of democracy and equality, are the ones who wanted to force out the despotic British government.

      Conservatives are the ones who hitch a ride with Progressives, once those Progressives are popular and successful. They never come up with anything new. But true Progressives are those who dare to challenge the status quo, just like our founding fathers did. Conservatives never do that. They’re too scared.

  2. echo,

    ” But true Progressives are those who dare to challenge the status quo, ”

    You mean like in France, when they went around beheading everyone?

    ” Conservatives never do that. They’re too scared. ”

    Untrue. This November we will challenge the Pelosi-Reid status quo. We ain’t scared. Again, the founding fathers were not progressives and I can prove it.

    The founders went to war to fight for their and your freedom. Progressives are against war, even against Terrorists. Progressives protect terrorists and argue against their own soldiers. You had Progressives during the Revolution too. They were the ones who could not take 9 years of setbacks and disappointments. But boy once the war was won, they became Patriots again.

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