Divine intervention would be nice right now, but getting your financial house in order is your job and of utmost importance at the moment. Got some gold and silver?
What most irritated the colonists was the seizing of their arms & ammunition. It was declared that everyone who did not have a gun should get one.
The citizenry is suffering from Stockholm syndrome with a dash of willful blindness.
A blunt declaration of truth in the eyes of a crime victim or veteran from any battle you choose.