plau·si·ble de·ni′a·bil′i·ty n. The ability to deny knowing about something illegal or unethical because there is no evidence to the contrary.
TENSION BETWEEN PEOPLE & GOVERNMENT HAS A SOURCE
If there was any obvious and consistent source of tension in America between the Colonists’ and the British Government before the American Revolution, it was the lack of Representation.
There was no greater threat to peace and nothing tempted war more than did lack of Representation (well there was one threat to peace greater than lack of Representation and that would be Gun Control, which is THE thing which ultimately ignited America into all out bloody war after many years of highly tense but relatively peaceful times).
JULY 4, 1776
On April 18, 1775, the British sent several hundred British troops to seize the American colonists’ military stores (“military stores” = the most modern military weapons available at the time and the same kind the British military had) at Concord, Massachusetts. (What kind of stores? Oh yes: MILITARY stores…which were possessed by The Colonists’).
On that day when The British Standing Army (an army formed and/or controlled by government) went to seize the MILITARY stores of the Colonial Militia (the regular people):
The Colonists’ knew it was their final chance to be ever be free, so they declined to hand over the (up-to-date, state-of-the-art) MILITARY WEAPONS they exclusively possessed and personally owned. They did the smart thing and decided to use them instead and The First American Revolutionary War officially began. [The War was specifically and officially sparked off and became extremely bloody as a direct result of the government attempt at GUN CONTROL, after and in spite of long-running and relatively non-violent high tensions between the Colonists and the British, when the British came for the MILITARY stores of the Colonists’ (as opposed to any standing army) that was the final straw.]
NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
Previous to Gun Control sparking all out war in 1775, the colonies were near a state of war on numerous occasions.
The primary consistent source of tension in the Colony’s previous to that, as mentioned was lack of Representation:
The Colonists’ demanded, and the British eventually agreed, that there would be no lasting peace if they were not Represented in the process of creating laws and rules and taxes which affected them.
TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF PEACE TO LEARN FROM
History repeats itself.
When people are represented in government there is peace. Every time.
When people do not have representatives in government there is conflict. Every time.
When people know that their representation is corrupt and no longer represents them, the people no longer have representation in government.
When corruption steals away the people’s representation, the corruption will lead to conflict which will lead to tension which will lead to war.
At such a point, government has a decision to make. They must act to root out the corruption in order to restore the People’s representation to the People, or as history has proven:
Tension, then conflict, then war will follow.
They know American history. They have no plausible deniability. They knew what needed to be done to restore and guarantee peace between The People and government.
They built a fence instead.