The American Revolution Was a Failure
Historian Paul Pirie argues that the Founders fell short of their aims
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Americans adore their revolution, but former historian Paul Pirie doesn't think it was terribly successful—at least not if you judge it against countries like Canada (from whence Pirie hails) that kept their monarchies, or by its own stated goal of advancing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. "The new republic started advancing life and liberty by keeping a substantial part of its population enslaved," he points out in the Washington Post; British-controlled Canada, by contrast, began abolishing slavery in the 18th century.

Things aren't looking great today, either. On the liberty front, America has more people incarcerated per capita than any other nation. Pursuing happiness is tricky, too, when you work longer hours for fewer benefits than workers in most developed countries. And the government the Founders installed is now hopelessly deadlocked. "Perhaps it's time for Americans to accept that their revolution was a failure and renounce it," Pirie argues. "Alternatively, rather than being wedded to every practice or institution that arose from the revolution" they could "rekindle some of the boldness of the nation's Founders and create a 'more perfect' and happier union."

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Jul 5, 2013 5:27 PM CDT
If you read Howard Zinn's People's History of the USA, you see that the goal was money and power
Jul 5, 2013 4:04 PM CDT
Failure? What were the only goals being reached for in the Revolution?: 1) To end the high taxes on tea. 2) To liberate this land from the rule of England. 3) To speparate church from state. 4) To set up an "independent" nation, with a democratic body. No that's not a failure. Those goals succeeded. (What is giving everybody such negative viewpoints is what happened much later... and through today)
Jul 5, 2013 3:12 PM CDT
The failure is that the US is backsliding from the Revolution's principles. Presidents are acting more like kings. The US Senate has become like the UK House of Lords. All power and money is being concentrated in a centralized national government instead of a decentralized federal system.