I found the excerpt we read from Gordon Wood’s essay Radical Possibilites on the American Revolution very interesting. He reasons that America’s rebellion and unity was less of a brave cry against taxes and tyranny, but instead stemmed from fear. America was one of the many few countries where labor and hard work could lead to success. In other countries if you were born into poverty, labor was unavoidable and wouldn’t change your social status, therefore the American idea that hard work leads to prosperity was radical. Because of the opportunities that America supplied, the colonists revolted against the British based on their fear that American could backslide and then no longer be so different from every other country. This fear is what led to heavy patriotism and rebellions. This essays also made me think of a typical debate during this year’s election. Some argue that higher taxes on the wealthy promotes equality among everyone and more possibilities for those in the lower classes, but could this destroy the American ideal that hard work leads to prosperity and success. If higher percents of money earned must be given away by taxes this could destroy the American ideal that hard work leads to individuals success because what is the point of working hard if about 55% of one’s paycheck goes to the Federal and State government. What are your thoughts?