Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: US founding fathers were insurgents
It probably depends on your definition. But I'll provide some differences between the FF's and the modern insurgents, starting with say, the VC.
Founding Fathers targeted British military and government. There were some occasional civilian abuses by the revolutionaries against their loyalist neighbors, but it was never part of the strategy. In fact, Gen Washington argued strenuously against abusing loyalists as he knew that the revolution started with a MINORITY of people supporting it. Geo wanted to get the fence straddlers and luke-warm royalists on his side by reason, not intimidation. It worked, too.
FF had a uniformed army under general command of the revolutionary government. They certainly did adopt non-European standard army tactics, mainly because every time they tried European tactics they got their asses handed to them by professional British soldiers. Even so, the FF followed most of the gentlemanly rules like accepting an officer's parole and prisoner exchange. Also, the FF took beter care, in general, of their prisoners than did the Brits.
The FF minted their own money and stood behind it.
The FF were working toward democratic self rule from the beginning.
Now compare those points with modern insurgencies.