His Royal Majesty is most displeased with you revolting peasants.
Here’s a British political cartoon from 1798 by Richard Newton, showing John Bull (the archetypal patriotic English everyman) farting in the King’s face while the Prime Minister, Pitt the Younger, looks on disapprovingly…
Say what you like about George III, but he didn’t demand his Attorney General, Sir John Scott, dispatch a team of investigators to harass and intimidate Mr Newton. Nor, come to that, did the reviled John Ashcroft’s Department of Justice “investigate” those acclaimed novels and movies salivating about Bush’s assassination.
But in America in 2014 you can’t hang a sign on an outhouse door saying “Obama Presidential Library” without attracting the attention of Eric Holder’s goon squad.
Yeah, well, George III wasn’t half the tyrant Holder–or Obama–is. And yes, the Founders would have been shooting already.