Will history repeat itself? I usually does. If so, will the big government we have today try the same tactics that the British tried during their ‘Southern Campaign”, when after taking Charleston, they went immediately to work trying to ferret out Loyalists from the Rebels. In their efforts, they used taxes (don’t governments always?) as a means to reward or punish. Take a look below. It accurately lays out exactly what General Clinton did to accomplish this.
In a proclamation of May 22, Clinton had begun the process of restoring the inhabitants to their allegiance, promising protection to faithful supporters of the Crown and threatening severe penalties for anyone who took up arms against British authority in the future. On June 1 he and Admiral Arbuthnot, acting as commissioners empowered to restore peace, offered complete pardon to those South Carolinians who would promptly profess their allegiance to the king, excepting only persons who had been responsible for executing loyal subjects during the American Period. Those receiving pardons would, when conditions permitted, be restored to the privileges of British subjects, and they were to be exempt from taxes not levied by locally chosen representatives. Thus loyal subjects would receive the benefits of British citizenship and those who remained in rebellion would be punished, but there was no requirement that persons who took protection would have to take up arms.
His orders to Cornwallis were specific, but Cornwallis (being the tyrannical despot (not to mention coward) promptly changed Clinton’s rules to enhance the punishment and restrict the options.
And we know what happened after that.
But will things be any different with the current government, when it tries to restore authority over a disgruntled people? Look for it to use taxation to punish people back in line. Look for Cornwallis rules.