please, there's got to be more than just this...
It's not mine to give, but ours to share.
Only a vain military dandy would make such a mistake!
This choice was not easy. It meant sacrifice. It meant turning my back on a land I loved, the people I love, and the former glory of what we achieved together. But I for one, and if only for one, do not believe in defending a glory past when the future holds nothing. It is a disgrace to all that we once achieved to allow such a union to fall into tyranny, disrepair, and ignominy. Even the most ornate palaces can have broken foundations, the most serene lakes can be contaminated. Even the most honest man can be lead in to ways against his own nature in the sake of a cause he feels is bigger than himself. Forming a new government is a lot like shoe shopping - first, you must realize you need new shoes. You must get to the store by any means necessary, you must ask for help, try on a lot of damn pairs, settle on one, and walk through the growing pains. I'm heading to the store. Where are the rest of you?
Give us our freedom! They are not your colonies anymore!
King Mouse offers you titles and dominion, but inherent in that system is a hierarchy - he will still be King and you will still be a subject. We are creating a classless society here, one based on equality and a fair system of self-government. We are all equal here - what can he offer but slavery?