The picture above is the painting “The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis” by John Turnbull. The original hangs in the Capitol Rotunda.
In October 1781 the British Army was surrounded at Yorktown. The British commander, General Lord Cornwallis, chose to surrender rather than face slaughter. His surrender ended the war and effectively made the United States free and independent.
Not everybody in America was rejoicing. British loyalists in America, known as “Tories,” who were the first known people to declare, “If X wins I’m moving to Canada,” found themselves moving to Canada.
I don’t have any proof (but neither does Adam Schiff) but I feel fully confident that a common British reaction to American independence was “They’re gonna regret this.” That is what opponents of Brexit are saying now, and it’s what they told us four years ago about electing Donald Trump.
The Democrats based their whole “Resistance” strategery on the idea that Trump would be a spectacular failure who would be abandoned by his supporters. But the only spectacular failure has been The Resistance.
The day may yet come when America regrets winning our independence. And a day may come when I regret voting for Donald Trump. But today is not that day.