This whole newspaper has been from two patriots’ point of view, so we thought, why don’t we get an interview from a loyalist to see what they think of all this? After all, a newspaper isn’t supposed to be biased (even though they all are…). So here we have John Blakeston, a colonist who believes that America should stay connected to England.
The Freeman’s Journal: Hello John. Thank you for joining us.
John: My pleasure. I’d love to tell people how I feel without being bashed for once.
FJ: … Anyways… Why exactly do you want to stay part of England?
John: Well, that’s a pretty broad question.
FJ: Er, alright. Let’s re-phrase that. What do you like about being part of England?
John: I think you mean what DON’T you like. It’ll be much quicker this way, as there’s not much to not like. I mean, they’ve been an established country for centuries, and we’ve only been around for a few decades. What makes us think we’ll be any better than them? The King was chosen by God to be a ruler of this glorious country, and we have no right to question the judgement of God. I don’t see why the colonists are complaining anywho. I mean even though we are being taxed more, England has lowered the prices on other goods, evening everything out. King George III, the glorious ruler of this glorious land, is trying his best to become friends with us colonists. However, we keep pushing him away. In my humble opinion, this whole mess is the fault of us [sic].
FJ: Why exactly do you think that?
John: Well, I think I already answered that question. Like I previously said, we are making a big deal out of everything. Again, like I already said, even though we are being taxed higher, the price for everyday goods has gone down, evening everything out.
FJ: How do you feel about the soldiers in Boston?
John: I think you need to be more specific. Assuming you mean the British soldiers, I think they are glorious. I think —
FJ: You really love the word glorious, don’t you.
John: Yes. The glorious land of England is glorious, the King is glorious, the soldiers are glorious, but the American Revolution is most certainly NOT glorious.
FJ: Let’s get back on track. Our fault there, sorry. Why do you think the soldiers are so… glorious?
John: They are defending our beautiful country, risking their lives on a daily basis trying to keep everyone in line. Take the Boston Massacre for example, they could have been killed by the duds of the colonists, but they risked it anyways to keep everyone in line.
FJ: You do realize five colonists were killed by these same soldiers you speak of, right?
John: Of course that was tragic, oh so tragic… I feel very badly for the families of those killed. That was an aberration, of course not all soldiers are like that.
FJ: How would you feel if some British soldiers knocked on your door, demanding you let them stay in your house for however long they wanted?
John: I’d let them of course. As a citizen of England, it is my duty to help those defending my mother country.
FJ: How do you feel about the structurally flawed English Constitution?
John: Of course, that does need to be fixed. However, they do have a system of checks and balances. The commoners are responsible for checking the monarchs and aristocrats.
FJ: Most of the time, what the commoners have to say is ignored.
FJ: Anyways… You know King George suffers from Porphyria, correct? It’s a mental illness.
John: I know.
FJ: And you still think it alright for him to rule us?
John: He takes medication, if I’m not mistaken.
FJ: You are mistaken. He takes no medication.
FJ: Well, thank you John for allowing us to hear your point of view. We … enjoyed this very much.
John: Likewise. It was nice to express my opinion.
Bhavana to Attica once John leaves the room: Next time, let’s do a better job picking a colonist to interview.
*Just to make it clear, not all loyalists are as rude as John. Most are extremely kind, differing from the patriots only in their views of the revolution.*