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Argentina's leader tells UK to give up Falklands
Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 5:53 AM EST

Posted on 01/03/2013 4:26:01 AM PST by Olog-hai

Argentina’s president called on Britain on Thursday to relinquish control of the Falkland Islands, accusing London of taking part in an act of “blatant colonialism” in claiming the wind-swept archipelago.

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner published an open letter in the Guardian newspaper urging Prime Minister David Cameron to honor U.N. resolutions which she says backs her case for the return of the islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas. She has made several similar demands in the past. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: argentina; falklands; malvinas; phonyclaim
Whaddaya know. A Nazi turns to the biggest modern-day Nazi organization for help with a false claim. It is Argentina with the illegitimate claim of sovereignty over the Falklands (never mind the made-up name) who is guilty of “blatant colonialism”, not the UK.
1 posted on 01/03/2013 4:26:08 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe the UK can put a price tag on it and sell it, in real gold and silver. ARgentina should be in a good position to fork over it’s CASH. (sarc)

2 posted on 01/03/2013 4:29:25 AM PST by rovenstinez
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To: Olog-hai
μολὼν λαβέ
3 posted on 01/03/2013 4:31:47 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: rovenstinez

Was it the British who coined the phrase, “don’t cry for Argentina “?

4 posted on 01/03/2013 4:33:13 AM PST by Morris70
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To: Olog-hai
I guess Cristina figures that Cameron does not have the balls of the Iron Lady…
5 posted on 01/03/2013 4:33:23 AM PST by cartan
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To: cartan

very few “leaders” do,

6 posted on 01/03/2013 4:36:36 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Olog-hai

What do the people living on the Falklands want?

7 posted on 01/03/2013 4:39:30 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

To be part of Britain, like they always have been. Argentina never had a claim to those islands.

8 posted on 01/03/2013 4:44:46 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai


When your domestic problems get to be too much, direct attention to a foreign “enemy”.

9 posted on 01/03/2013 4:47:58 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: Olog-hai

Whaddya know.
Socialist NAZIs up to their old tricks again.
Can’t fix the economy? Divert everyone’s attention and beat the drums of war.

10 posted on 01/03/2013 4:55:35 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: The Working Man


11 posted on 01/03/2013 5:04:48 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Olog-hai

Christiona, the socialist harpie, is having political problems and she’s doing what all liberal politicians do when faced with problems; she’s diverting attention from the REAL problem to something else.

12 posted on 01/03/2013 5:05:17 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Coupla old subs and a batallion of Boy Scouts with BB guns will secure the place.

13 posted on 01/03/2013 5:08:31 AM PST by Flintlock (PARANOIA--means having all the facts.)
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To: cartan

Cameron doesn’t have the Iron Lady’s Army and Navy.

14 posted on 01/03/2013 5:17:43 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Venturer

What do the people living on the Falklands want?...To remain English.

15 posted on 01/03/2013 5:18:24 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Olog-hai; Venturer

They were Spanish before Argentina’s independence (hence the Argentine claim); a British ship stopped there and planted a flag (hence the British claim).

That the people there want is irrelevant, because then the newcomer simply inundates it with settlers to claim they are answering a majority’s needs/desires. Happened in the north of Ireland, in Gibraltar, Morocco is doing it in Western Sahara, etc.

16 posted on 01/03/2013 5:20:50 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

You’re an idiot. How far back in time do you want to reverse history?

17 posted on 01/03/2013 5:43:27 AM PST by madball
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To: madball

“You’re an idiot.”

Beautiful; you worked so hard to graduate 8th grade and that’s what you come up with?

“How far back in time do you want to reverse history?”

As far back as modern demographics will bear. Hispanics are turning back the clock on the European settlement of the Americas; if Europeans won’t settle this land then the descendants of the original inhabitants will get it back. Nothing political about it; just nature taking its course.

18 posted on 01/03/2013 5:55:18 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

I would do the same with Puerto Rico. MAKE it independent. Statehood is not their business-they are not entitled to an opinion.

19 posted on 01/03/2013 6:07:00 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: kearnyirish2

It comes down to this. The islands belong to whomever is willing to fight for it and win. It’s like that all over the world and history. Does Argentina want to get into another war with the UK? We shall see.

20 posted on 01/03/2013 6:11:01 AM PST by Flavious_Maximus
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To: Olog-hai

Argentina should tend to the hords of dumpster divers in BA before it tries to acquire new territory.

21 posted on 01/03/2013 6:21:30 AM PST by Cuttnhorse (God made man but Sam Colt made them equal)
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To: Olog-hai

Why does Argentina want the Falklands? All you can do there is raise sheep, and the Argentines are beef-eaters.

22 posted on 01/03/2013 6:56:54 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Olog-hai

Argentina really needs the Falklands to remain British to provide an issue they can rely on to distract the citizens from their horrible government.

23 posted on 01/03/2013 7:05:47 AM PST by Iron Munro (I MISS AMERICA !)
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To: Fiji Hill
Why does Argentina want the Falklands? All you can do there is raise sheep, and the Argentines are beef-eaters.

Bread and circuses, nothing more.

24 posted on 01/03/2013 7:06:04 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: COBOL2Java
Why does Argentina want the Falklands? Bread and circuses, nothing more.

Or as Shakespeare would say, "to busy giddy minds with foreign quarrels."

25 posted on 01/03/2013 7:18:18 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill

IIRC there were big oil and gas reserves under Falkland territory.

26 posted on 01/03/2013 7:35:41 AM PST by abishai
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To: abishai

“IIRC there were big oil and gas reserves under Falkland territory.”

...and don’t forget the ivory-billed woodpecker too.

27 posted on 01/03/2013 7:43:57 AM PST by Mashood
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To: ltc8k6
"μολὼν λαβέ" Thanks for the reminder. I was oblivious to this old Greek (google searchable) until I was on Free Republic
28 posted on 01/03/2013 7:47:14 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: kearnyirish2

demographics = destiny (as you well know)

29 posted on 01/03/2013 7:49:54 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: kearnyirish2

That’s a pack of lies. A British colony at Egmont existed before Spain ever enteredt thee picture. The French established a small private colony despite previous Portuguese, English, and Dutch claims of discovery. The British shortly afterwards established their own colony while being unaware the private French colony had been established nearby a few years previously. The French sold whatever rights they did or did not possess to the Spanish. The Spanish claimed the islands by right of conquest when they drove the British colonists out of the Falklands, but this nearly led to war. Spain settled the dispute and allowed the British coony to be reestablished. The Spanish recognition of the British colony thereby negated later claims of an exclusive sovereignty in the Falklands. Spain withdrew its colony and Britain withdrew its colony again, while retaining their respective claims to sovereignty over the Falklands. A predecessor government, the United Provinces of the Platte, attempted to pirate away the prior claims of Britain and Spain, but they never succeeded in stablishing a legitimate government in the Falklands, and no Argentine goverment ever established any settlement or colony in the Falklands. Instead, the Falklands were under the control of pirates from the evacuation of the British and French-Spanish colonies until the reestablishment of the British settlements. The only nations to have ever established settlements in competing claims for sovereignty were France, Britain, and Spain. Argentina never inherited any Spanish claims, because the Spanish cclaim was lost after Argentina had already come into existence and would have been in conflict with the prior exercise of sovereignty by Spain. Spain subsequently recognized British sovereignty in the Falklands, so Argentina has no lawful basis to claim a right already abandoned or settled by treaty by Spain.

Argentina has no rightful claim to the Falklands by any theory of inheritance or possession. Furthermore, Argentina is in violation of the Charter of the United Nations waging a war of aggression upon Britain. If Argentina makes any further war upon the Falklands, its government should be treated like that of NAZI Germany.

30 posted on 01/03/2013 7:53:43 AM PST by WhiskeyX
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To: Fiji Hill


31 posted on 01/03/2013 8:00:48 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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To: Olog-hai

Actually, the Falklands can never be part of “Britain” because Great Britain is an island, not a country.

32 posted on 01/03/2013 8:11:04 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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To: Mashood
“IIRC there were big potentially profitable oil and gas reserves under Falkland territory.”

Is that better?

33 posted on 01/03/2013 8:31:55 AM PST by abishai
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To: WhiskeyX

I could get an Argentine to give me the same story in reverse. In any case, asking British residents transplanted there means nothing; it has the same validity as asking the Scottish transplants to northern Ireland.

34 posted on 01/03/2013 8:36:52 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

There’s one distinction, about which there’s no argument, between the Falklands and all the other examples you cite. It is that there was no indigenous population before the first modern settlements.

35 posted on 01/03/2013 8:48:43 AM PST by Winniesboy
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To: kearnyirish2

Argentina is using the NAZI Big Lie, as evidenced by history. The fact that an Argentinian would repeat the Big Lie is one more reason why their conduct is a dishonorable lie and not to be tolerated. Argentina has proven itself incapable of governing itself without the government murder of its population. The Falklands and the people living there do not have to tolerate the Argetine threats to their life, liberty, and property.

36 posted on 01/03/2013 9:26:30 AM PST by WhiskeyX
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To: Olog-hai

“Argentina’s leader tells UK to give up Falklands”

This time, they will.

There’s no Maggie Thatcher around any more. And not much of the British navy left, either...

37 posted on 01/03/2013 11:21:17 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: kearnyirish2

The ‘native’ Irish who were supposedly displaced by the English/British colonisation of Ireland were nothing of the sort.

They were simply the descendants of the Celts/Gaels who invaded ancient Ireland and subjugated and destroyed the existing civilisation, ‘the Beaker People’. Who themselves were from Europe, but who had drifted to and had lived in Ireland for centuries in peace. The Celts/Gaels were just as brutal as any other invading horde in ancient times.

So all the Irish who bleat about British occupation of Ireland are hypocrites. If we are to return Ireland to its rightful ‘native’ people, then EVERYONE should exit that island immediately. Because today’s ‘native’ Irish are just the descendants of brutal subjugators and invaders.

38 posted on 01/03/2013 11:46:38 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

“Great Britain” is the abbreviated name for the country known by its full name as “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” So, you are wrong, because the Falkland Islands are indeed the possession of a country known in abbreviated form as Great Britain” and full form as “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland “

39 posted on 01/03/2013 1:12:46 PM PST by WhiskeyX
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To: kearnyirish2

Evidently you failed to ge the memo in school: Hispanics ARE Europeans, the same Europeans who slaughtered millions of Amerindians in slavery and peonage.

40 posted on 01/03/2013 1:19:25 PM PST by WhiskeyX
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To: WhiskeyX

The descendants of the Aztecs and the Incas are streaming into North America; they are a foot shorter, and several shades darker, than any “Europeans”.

41 posted on 01/03/2013 1:41:54 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: the scotsman

Are there any of these “beaker people” left to claim it?

Scots are just jealous because we Irish have a country.

42 posted on 01/03/2013 2:05:22 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

Sorry to interrupt your racist rant, but I’ll have to observe how ignorant you are with regard to such matters. Maya, Aztecs, Yaqui, and more have been co-workers and members of the family for many many years. The Inca are few and far between by comparison in the United States.

I recognize you want to change the subject, so you can carry on a racist rant. However, your racist rant does nothing to change the facts about Argentina having no lawful claim to the Falkland islands, the South Georgia Islands, or the Sandwich Islands. The Convention of Settlement (Arana Southern Treaty) of 1849 settled all outstanding disputes between Britain and Argentina, icluding Argentina’s recognition of Britain’s sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. Argentina’s reneging on its treaty with Britain is a violation of international law and breach of international peace.

43 posted on 01/03/2013 5:54:44 PM PST by WhiskeyX
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To: kearnyirish2


Scotland is the only part of the two islands that the English failed to conquer. England conquered Ireland and Wales but failed miserably to ever conquer Scotland, hence why we JOINED the UK in the Union of 1707. You need to learn some British, Scottish, English and Irish history.

And spare me the ‘we’. You’re American. You are as about as real Irish as I am.

44 posted on 01/03/2013 6:43:56 PM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: WhiskeyX

I’m sure England signed a treaty to take Ireland as well; according to “Road Warrior” rules the people who made those deals are dead, and the deals died with them.

America (North and South) for Americans! Racist Rant! Racist Rant!

45 posted on 01/04/2013 3:35:53 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: the scotsman

“You are as about as real Irish as I am”

That’s just silly; I’m Irish, and you’re Northern English.

46 posted on 01/04/2013 3:39:33 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

In other words you are an anarchist troll for whom the rule of law, treaties, and the lives they defend mean nothing to you and your desires. So, what aree you doing posting on a conservative blog? Don’t you suppose your anarchist trolling would be better suited to the Huffington Post and MSNBC?

47 posted on 01/04/2013 6:42:27 AM PST by WhiskeyX
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To: WhiskeyX

I am a Christian fascist, posting on a Christian blog.

48 posted on 01/04/2013 1:04:22 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

De Jure Belli ac Pacis
by Hugo Grotius

Translated by A. C. Campbell
London, 1814

Book II

CHAPTER 4: Title to Desert Lands by Occupancy, Possession, and Prescription.

Why Usucaption or Prescription cannot subsist between independent States, and Sovereigns — Long possession alleged as a ground of right — Inquiry into the intentions of men, which are not to be judged of by words alone — Intention to be judged of by acts — Intentions also to be judged of by omissions — How far length of time, silence, and non-possession, may confirm the conjecture of an abandoned right — Time immemorial generally thought to bar any claim — What constitutes time immemorial — Objections to a presumed desertion of property, considered without any conjecture, time immemorial appears to transfer and constitute a property — Inquiry whether persons yet unborn may thus be deprived of their right — Rules of civil law respecting Usucaption and Prescription as applied to the case of Sovereign Princes, explained.

I. A GREAT difficulty arises here respecting the right to property by uninterrupted possession for any certain time. For though time is the great agent, by whose motion all legal concerns and rights may be measured and determined, yet it has no effectual power of itself to create an express title to any property. Now those rights were introduced by the civil law; and it is not their long continuance, but the express provisions of the municipal law, which gives them their validity. They are of no force therefore, in the opinion of Vasquez, between two independent nations or sovereigns, or between a free nation and a sovereign: between a sovereign and an individual who is not his subject, or between two subjects belonging to different kings or nations. Which indeed seems true; and is actually the case; for such points relating to persons and things, are not left to the law of nature, but are settled by the respective laws of each country. As the -unqualified admission of this principle would lead to great inconvenience, and prevent the disputes of kings and nations respecting the bounds of territory from ever being adjusted; in order to eradicate the seeds of perpetual warfare and confusion, so repugnant to the interests and feelings of every people; the settlement of such boundaries is not left to the claims of prescriptive right; but the territories of each contending party are, in general, expressly defined by certain treaties.

II. To disturb any one in the actual and long possession of territory, has in all ages been considered as repugnant to the general interests and feelings of man. kind. For we find in holy writ, that when the King of the Ammonites demanded the lands situated between the rivers Arnon and Jabok, and those extending from the deserts of Arabia to the Jordan, Jepthah opposed his pretentions by proving his own possession of the same for three hundred years, and asked why he and his ancestors had for so long a period neglected to make their claim. And the Lacedaemonians, we are informed by Isocrates, laid it down for a certain rule admitted among all nations, that the right to public territory as well as to private property was so firmly established by length of time, that it could not be disturbed; and upon this ground they rejected the claim of those who demanded the restoration of Messena.

Resting upon a right like this, Philip the Second was induced to declare to Titus Quintius, “that he would restore the dominions which he had subdued himself, but would upon no consideration give up the possessions which he had derived from his ancestors by a just and hereditary title. Sulpitius, speaking against Antiochus, proved how unjust it was in him to pretend, that because the Greek Nations in Asia had once been under the subjection of his forefathers, he had a right to revive those claims, and to reduce them again to a state of servitude. And upon this subject two historians, Tacitus and Diodorus may be referred to; the former of whom calls such obsolete pretentions, empty talking, and the latter treats them as idle tales and fables. With these opinions Cicero, in his 2nd book of Offices, agrees, asking “what justice there can be in depriving an owner of the land, which he has for many ages quietly possessed?”

III. Can it be said, in order to justify the disturbance of long enjoyed possessions, that the rightful owner INTENDED to assert his claim, when he never manifested such intention by any outward visible act? The effect of right which depends upon a man’s intentions can never follow from a bare conjecture of his will, unless he has declared and proved it by some express and visible act. For actions being the only evidence of intentions, intentions can never of themselves alone without such acts be the object of human laws. No conjectures indeed respecting the acts of the mind can be reduced to mathematical certainty, but only to the evidence of probability at the utmost. For men by their words may express intentions different from their real ones, and by their acts counterfeit intentions which they have not. The nature of human society, however, requires that all acts of the mind, when sufficiently indicated, should be followed by their due effects. Therefore the intention, which has been sufficiently indicated, is taken for granted against him who gave such indication.

IV. But to proceed to proofs derived from actions. A thing is understood to be abandoned, when it is cast away; except it be under particular circumstances, as throwing goods overboard in a storm to lighten a ship, where the owner is not supposed to have abandoned all intention of recovery, should it ever be in his power. Again, by giving up or canceling a promissory note, a debt is deemed to be discharged. Paulus the Lawyer, says, a right to property may be renounced not only by words, but also by actions, or any other indication of the will. Thus, if an owner knowingly make a contract with any one who is in possession, treating him as if he were the rightful proprietor, he is naturally supposed to have relinquished his own pretensions. Nor is there any reason, why the same rule may not take place between sovereign princes, and independent states, as between individuals. In the same manner, a Lord by granting certain privileges to his Vassal, which he could not legally enjoy without a release from his former obligations, was supposed by such act to have given him his freedom. A power derived not from the civil law only, but from the law of nature, which allows every man to relinquish what is his own, and from a natural presumption that a person designed to do the act which he has given manifest proofs of his intention to do. In this sense, Ulpian may be rightly understood, where he says, that ACCEPTILATION or the verbal discharge of a debt is founded upon the law of nations.

V. Even omissions, taking all proper circumstances into consideration, come under the cognizance of the law. Thus the person, who knowing of an act, and being present at the commission of it, passes it over in silence, seems to give his consent to it; this was admitted by the Mosaic Law. Unless indeed it can be shewn that the same person was hindered from speaking either by fear or some other pressing circumstance. Thus a thing is accounted as lost when all hope of recovering it is given up; as for instance, if a tame animal, which was in our possession, be seized and carried off by a wild beast Goods too lost by shipwreck, Ulpian says, cease to be considered as our own, not immediately, but when they are lost beyond all possibility of being reclaimed, and when no proofs of the owner’s intention to reclaim them can be discovered.

Now the case is altered, if persons were sent to inquire after the lost goods, or property, and a reward was promised to the finder. But if a person knows his property to be in the possession of another, and allows it to remain so for a length of time, without asserting his claim, unless there appear sufficient reasons for his silence, he is construed to have entirely abandoned all pretentious to the same. And to the same purpose he has said else. where, that a house is looked upon to be abandoned on account of the long silence of the proprietor.

The Emperor Antoninus Pius, in one of his rescripts, said there was but little justice in claiming interest upon money after a long period; for the length of time elapsed was an indication that the debtor had been excused from payment, from some motive of kindness.

There appears something similar to this in the nature of custom. For apart from the authority of civil laws, which regulate the time and manner of custom, and its introduction, it may arise from the indulgence of a sovereign to a conquered people. But the length of time from which custom derives the force of right, is not defined, but left to the arbitrary decision of what is sufficient to indicate general consent. But for silence to be taken as a valid presumption that property is deserted, two things are requisite: it must be a silence with a knowledge of the fact, and with a perfect freedom of will in the person concerned. For a silence founded in ignorance can have no weight; and where any other reason appears, the presumption of free consent must fail.

VI. Although the two requisites already named maybe produced, yet other reasons have their weight; among which length of time is not the least important. For in the first place, it can scarcely happen, that for a great length of time a thing belonging to any one should not some way or other come to his knowledge, as time might supply many opportunities. Even if the civil law did not interpose to bar remote pretensions, the very nature of things would shew the reasonableness of a shorter period of limitation being allowed to present than to absent claimants. If impressions of fear were pleaded by any one in excuse, yet their influence would not be of perpetual duration, and length of time would unfold various means of security against such fears, either from resources within himself, or from the assistance of others. Escaping beyond the reach of him he dreaded, he might protest against his oppression, by appealing to proper judges and arbitrators.

VII. Now as time immemorial, considered in a moral light, seems to have no bounds, silence for such a length of time appears sufficient to establish the presumption that all claim to a thing is abandoned, unless the strongest proofs to the contrary can be produced. The most able Lawyers have properly observed, that time according to the memory of man is not an hundred years, though probably it may not fall far short of that space. For a hundred years are the term beyond which human existence seldom reaches; a space, which in general completes three ages or generations of men. The Romans made this objection to Antiochus, that he claimed cities, which neither he himself, his father, nor his grandfather had ever possessed.

VIII. From the natural affection which all men have for themselves, and their property, an objection may be taken against the presumption of any one’s abandoning a thing which belongs to him, and consequently negative acts, even though confirmed by a long period of time, are not sufficient to establish the above named conjecture.

Now considering the great importance deservedly attached to the settlement of CROWNS, all conjectures favourable to the possessors ought to be allowed. For if Aratus of Sicyon thought it a hard case, that PRIVATE possessions of fifty years’ standing should be disturbed, how much weightier is that maxim of Augustus, that it is the character of a good man and a good subject to wish for no change in the present government, and, IN THE WORDS, WHICH THUCYDIDES HAS ASSIGNED TO ALCIBIADES, to support the constitution, under which he has been born? But if no such rules in favour of possession could be adduced, yet a more weighty objection might be found against the presumption, drawn from the inclination of every one to preserve his own right, which is the improbability of one man’s allowing another to usurp his property for any length of time, without declaring and asserting his own right.

IX. Perhaps it may reasonably be said, that this matter does not rest upon presumption only, but that it is a rule, introduced by the voluntary law of Nations, that uninterrupted possession, against which no claim has been asserted, will entirely transfer such property to the actual possessor. For it is most likely that all nations by consent gave their sanction to such a practice, as conducive to their common peace. The term uninterrupted possession therefore has been very properly used to signify, as Sulpitius says in Livy, “that which has been held by one uniform tenour of right, without intermission.” Or as the same author, in another place, calls it, I perpetual possession, that has never been called in question.” For a transitory possession creates no title, And it was this exception which the Numidians urged against the Carthaginians, alleging that as opportunity offered, sometimes the Kings of the Numidians had appropriated to themselves the disputed possessions, which had always remained in the hands of the stronger party.

X. But here another question, and that of considerable difficulty, arises, which is, to decide, whether, by this desertion, persons yet unborn may be deprived of their rights. If we maintain that they MAY NOT, the rule already established would be of no avail towards settling the tranquillity of kingdoms, and security of property. For in most things some thing is due to the interests of posterity. But if we affirm that they MAY, it then seems wonderful that silence should prejudice the rights of those, who were unable to speak, before they had any existence, and that the act of OTHERS should operate to their injury. To clear up this point, we must observe that no rights can belong to a person before he has any existence, as, in the language of the schools, there can be no accident without a substance. Wherefore if a Prince, from urgent motives of policy, and for the advantage of his own native dominions, and subjects, should decline to accept an additional sovereignty, or for the same reasons, should relinquish that, which he had al. ready accepted, he would not be charged with injuring his heirs and successors, then unborn, who could have no rights before they had a natural existence.

Now as a sovereign may EXPRESSLY declare a change of his will respecting such dominions, so that change may. in certain cases, be implied without such declaration.

In consequence of such a change either expressed or implied, before the rights of heirs and successors can be supposed to have any existence, the possession may be considered as entirely abandoned. The case here has been considered according to the LAW OF NATURE: for the civil law, among other fictions, introduced that of the law’s personating those, who are not yet in being, and so preventing any occupancy from taking place to their prejudice; a regulation of the law established upon no slight grounds in order to preserve estates in families, although every means of PERPETUATING property to individuals, which prevents its transfer from hand to hand, may in some measure be detrimental to the public interest. From whence it is a received opinion, that length of time will give a property in those fees, which were originally conveyed, not by right of succession, but by virtue of primitive investiture. Covarruvias, a lawyer of great judgment, supports this opinion with the strongest arguments in favour of primogeniture, and applies it to estates left in trust. For nothing can prevent the civil law from instituting a right, which, though it cannot be lawfully alienated by the act of one party without consent of the other, yet, to avoid uncertainty in the tenure of present proprietors, may be lost by neglect of claim for a length of time. Still the parties thus deprived may maintain a personal action against those, or their heirs, through whose neglect their right has been forfeited.

XI. It is an inquiry of importance whether the law of usucaption and prescription, if it prevail in a prince’s dominions, can be applied to the tenure of the crown, and all its prerogatives. Many legal writers, who have treated of the nature of sovereign power according to the principles of the Roman civil law, seem to affirm that it may be so applied. But this is an opinion to which we cannot accede in its full extent. For to make a law binding upon any one, it is requisite that the legislator should possess both power and will. A legislator is not bound by his law, as by the irrevocable and unchangeable controul of a superior. But occasions may arise that will demand an alteration or even a repeal of the law which he has made. Yet a legislator may be bound by his own law, not directly as a legislator, but as an individual forming part of the community: and that too according to natural equity, which requires that all the component parts should bear a reference to the whole. We find in holy writ, this rule observed by Saul in the beginning of his reign.

Now that rule does not take place here. For we are considering the lawgiver, not as a part but as the REPRESENTATIVE and SOVEREIGN of the whole community. Nor indeed can any such intention in the lawgiver be pre. sumed to have existed. For legislators are not supposed to comprehend themselves within the rule of the law, except where the nature and subject of it are general, But sovereignty is not to be compared with other things; it so far surpasses them in the nobleness of its end, and the dignity of its nature. Nor is any civil law to be found which either does, or designs to comprehend sovereign power within the rules of prescription.

49 posted on 01/04/2013 2:52:52 PM PST by WhiskeyX
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To: WhiskeyX

Great Britain is just an island.

50 posted on 01/05/2013 11:27:32 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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