From The Patriot
Col. Harry Burwell
This is not a war for the independence of one or two colonies, but for the independence of one nation.
Tell me, Colonel, what nation is that?
An American nation!
There is no such nation, and to speak of one is treason.
We ARE citizens of an American nation! And our rights are being threatened by a tyrant three thousand miles away!
Would you tell me please, Mr. Howard, why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? An elected legislature can trample a man's rights as easily as a king can.