Were Founding Fathers Terrorists?

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    Using the definition we use today, were the founding fathers "terrorists?" I submit that they were, only there might be a time and a place to be one.
     
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    I would disagree.

    Did they seek to assassinate leaders of the British Government? No.
    Did they seek to blow up civilian targets in Britain? No.
    Did they form a regulated army to meet the British forces in open battle? Yes.
    Did they seek to assume the resonsibilities of a well-regulated government? Yes.

    They wee certainly rebels against lawful authority. But they were not terrorists.
     
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    Only when it suits the rabid left. The word 'terrorist' now means 'everyone who disagrees with Obama'. :lol:
     
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    Good points all.:clap2:

    It would be interesting to hear what the British might have said. I believe they did use the word terrorists at times.
     
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    There is no doubt that some of the pro-independence activists tried to terrorize loyalists living in America. But it's too much of a stretch to translate that into the Founding Fathers being terrorists in the modern sense of the word.
     
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    Loyalist (American Revolution)


    Our "revolution" was ALSO a kind of CIVIL WAR, kiddies.

    Damned right there was, what today would be called were acts of TERROR committed.

    Civilians WERE attacked. Homes were plundered and burned. People were driven from their homes and farms , their places of business, and they sent packing. Officials were tarred and feathered.
     
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    The Britts believed in open line confrontation

    Americans were the first to engage in sniping, which was seen by the Britts as violating their rules of warfare>

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Murphy_(sniper)


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    Oh gosh..they did much more then that. The Boston Tea Party..for example. They also, by even the "cleaned up" accounts, tarred and feathered tories and ran them out of town on rails. It all depends really, on where you sit. The Brits viewed them as traitors and de facto terrorists (Dunno if the term was around at the time). Americans view them as patriots and freedom fighters.
     
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    the Sons of Liberty come to mind.....~S~
     

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