One of my favorite quotes from the Founding Fathers is from Samuel Adams.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom — go from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. - Samuel Adams, address delivered at Pennsylvania State House, August 1, 1776 |Link|
Taking on the British empire in its heyday was pretty ballsy.
From a strategic perspective, it seems curious to me that Founding Fathers chose such a confrontational option. Open warfare was a risky gambit that almost failed. George Washington, fortunately, was masterful at the strategic withdrawal. The Americans had few outright victories during the War for Independence.