John Adams, the passionately revolutionary congressional delegate in
I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress. And by God, I have had this Congress! For ten years King George and his Parliament have gulled, cullied, and diddled these Colonies with their illegal taxes -- Stamp Acts, Townshend Acts, Sugar Acts, Tea Acts -- and when we dared stand up like men they stopped our trade, seized our ships, blockaded our ports, burned our towns, and spilled our blood -- and still this Congress won’t grant any of my proposals on Independence even so much as the courtesy of open debate! Good God, what in hell are they waiting for?