To understand how the colonists went from happy British Subjects to rebellious patriots, you have to put the revolution into context of the Enlightenment. The Founders were all well read on political thought, especially Hobbs, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau. The Enlightenment taught them to question everything. They questioned the laws of the universe, natural law, scientific law and one last thing was governmental law. One of the things they questioned above all were absolute monarchies and the divine right of kings.