In Chapter 2 of "My Brother Sam is Dead", what are 2 reasons loyalists and patriots had for and against the war?

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The Loyalists and Patriots had myriad reasons for and against the idea of going to war.  In essence, the main question was whether the colonists owed their allegiance to the King of England, or whether they should be allowed to determine their own destiny.

The Loyalists said "the King was the King and that was that"; the colonists should do what he said.  The Rebels countered that "men were supposed to be free to govern themselves"; they thought the colonists should rebel and "drive the Lobsterbacks out altogether".  Loyalists emphasized that "they were born Englishmen and they wanted to die Englishmen", while Patriots felt that they should "have more say in their own government", and that they might have "to give the Lobsterbacks a taste of blood just to show the King that (they) meant business". 

The Patriots basic belief was that the colonists should be free.  The Loyalists said that "the whole argument was (just) over a few taxes...what's the use of principles if you have to be dead to keep them?"  They pointed out that in any situation there were injustices, and that problems were never solved by fighting.  The Loyalists interpreted the Bible injunction to "render...unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's" to mean that the colonists were "supposed to be loyal Englishmen" (Chapter 2).