Not all of these things happened in 1776, but for the sake of brevity of America’s 239th birthday, we’ll pretend to be vague about the actual timeline of events, as they all lead to July 4, 1776 and ultimately, our freedom from the British crown.
1. No #Hashtags
Today, you can’t get out of bed without thinking about a hashtag for your future trip to the grocery store. In 1776 there was no time for that nonsense. Colonists started an entire revolution without “trending” or going viral.
2. The Party Scene
These days when people are staging a protest or trying to prove a point they camp out somewhere for years and just carry around cardboard signs talking about their disdain for the topic at hand. During Revolutionary times they threw giant parties to protest! The Sons of Liberty threw 90,000 pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor to protest British rule. That sounds way more fun than “occupying” something, right?
3. People Wrote Letters
In 2014 the communication possibilities are endless, but also complicated and impersonal. The Founding Fathers loved writing letters to communicate with each other. We should all take a cue from them and work on our correspondence. And use real, actual words– none of this “text talk” is allowed.
4. France Was Helpful
Other than a nice wine and fashion tips, I’m not sure what France can offer up to us most days. During the Revolutionary War France was the main ally of the United States sending troops, ammunition and other supplies as necessary.
5. Treacherous Acts Were Punished
If you were dumb enough to go against the United States in any act of treason during the Revolutionary War you were punished. You were not allowed to hang out and check-in via Facebook with your alleged super model girlfriend from an airport in Russia. And your dad definitely wouldn’t be making appearances on “The Today Show.”
6. Elected Officials Did Stuff
It took just three days of debate for the Continental Congress to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Can you imagine if it only took Congress three days to pass any law today? What a world!
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