Lord North: Look, if you colonists have been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by colonists and yeomen who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.
George Washington: Without our consent, we reject your taxes.
Lord North: There are a lot of smart people out there in the New World. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking British subjects of the Crown out there.
Thomas Jefferson: Stop coercing us, Lord North. Your Acts are intolerable.
Lord North: If you yankees were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great King somewhere in your life. Some members of Parliament helped to create this unbelievable Royal Navy system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in French and Indian Wars and the East India Company.
Alexander Hamilton: The King is your king. He is only our king by our agreement.
Lord North: If you've got a medical practice or silver smithery or a cabinetmaking business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The printing press didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the printing press so that all the pamphleteers could make money off the printing press.
Sam Adams: Hey, Lord North, shove your Stamp Act where the sun don't set.
Lord North: All right, all right - everybody just calm down. In politics, we all tolerate a certain amount of spin. I understand these are the games that get played in political campaigns. Although when folks just, like, omit entire sentences of what you said, they start kind of splicing and dicing, you may have gone a little over the edge there, you pesky Americans.
July 27, 2012
"Look, if you colonists have been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own."
I didn't write this on my own. In fact, I didn't write it at all. Meade wrote this: