Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"Restored Royal Colony of America"
I had a dream last night that I was walking through an American history museum. As in dreams some things were in sharp relief others blurred, and uncertain.
It seems I'd slipped into a timeline in which the American Revolution failed. Completely failed, and Crown authority was restored.
Restored with a Bloody Vengeance.
I saw behind glass cases of this once removed history period illustrations of the "Patriot" leadership hanged, drawn, and quartered. Washington, Franklyn, Jefferson the whole lot. Publicly disemboweled to the cheers of the Loyalist crowds.
A grand painting of Philadelphia, home of Congress, being burned. The monuments of the fledgling Republic hauled down.
Mass bonfires of the Stars, and Stripes. Wagon loads of treasonous documents like the Articles of Confederation, drafts of the Constitution, and seditious books like Paine's "Common Sense" also cast into Royalist fires.
Remember though I was in a museum of the present day. The 2010 of this other history. The exhibits were as you would see in any museum. All of the blood, and horror was nearly 240 years past.
The flaming end of our Republic was presented in paintings, lithographs, and dioramas. All of which were professionally lit, tidy, and impersonally historic.
The impersonal distance of history. Do many dwell on the individuals depicted in illustrations of the Saint Bartholomew's Day massacre? How good it is to be centuries away from such matters.
However 'this' history was, at least for me, a nightmare.
I do remember that the King promised freedom to those Black Slaves that fought for him. That and an "eventual" ending of slavery in general.
Yeah right George I ain't holding my breath on that one.
If I had more control of this dream I would have looked for the historic painting of the Black Red Coats, and their family's getting their Freedom.
This assuming that the Crown didn't renege, and toss their loyal Nubians back into chains.
Btw from what I can remember the other patrons around me seemed like the usual suspects you'd see in any museum or art gallery.
I did see some soldiers that were dressed in odd uniforms. It was regular G.I., but maroon in color, and with gold braid. A mix of 21st, and 18th century kit.
A strange, and interesting history.
It could have happened too. Just a few more stupid mistakes in the right places, and we'd be Crown Subjects.
...at least we'd have National Health.