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Why Britons should celebrate the American Declaration of Independence
Daniel Hannan Blog/UK Telegraph ^ | 7-4-13 | Daniel Hannan

Posted on 07/04/2013 9:19:04 PM PDT by JSDude1

We all know the story of American independence, don't we? A rugged frontier people became increasingly tired of being ruled by a distant elite. A group calling themselves Patriots were especially unhappy about being taxed by a parliament in which they were unrepresented. When, in 1775, British redcoats tried to repress them, a famous Patriot called Paul Revere rode through the night across eastern Massachusetts, crying 'The British are coming'. The shots that were fired the next day began a war for independence which culminated the following year in the statehouse of Philadelphia, when George Washington and others, meeting under Betsy Ross's gorgeous flag, signed the Declaration of Independence.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bettemidler; burke; independence; piersmorgan; unitedkingdom; us; whig
Continued..When they called themselves Patriots – a word that had been common currency among Whigs on both sides of the Atlantic long before anyone dreamed of a separation – they meant that they were British patriots, cherishing the peculiar liberties that had come down to them since Magna Carta: jury trials, free contract, property rights, habeas corpus, parliamentary representation, liberty of conscience and the common law.

It was these ideals that, as I blog over at ConservativeHome, were set to paper in a small secular miracle at Philadelphia's old courthouse. As the Virginia-born Lady Astor later put it, the war was fought “by British Americans against a German King for British ideals.”

Don't take her word for it: look at the primary sources. The resolutions of the Continental Congress are a protracted complaint about the violations of traditional British liberties. The same is true of the Declaration of Independence itself. As that great Anglo-American, Winston Churchill, put it:

The Declaration was in the main a restatement of the principles which had animated the Whig struggle against the later Stuarts and the English Revolution of 1688.

Indeed it was, often in the most literal way: the right of petition, the prohibition of standing armies, the protection of common law and jury trials, the right to bear arms – all were copied from England’s Glorious Revolution.

1 posted on 07/04/2013 9:19:06 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: JSDude1

Sooner or later, Britain would not have wanted the colonies any more, just like Canada was released to go free. However, the stormy separation was an opportunity for the foundation of a government system on better principles than the existing British one.


2 posted on 07/04/2013 9:28:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Of course it was! Our Founders were geniuses.


3 posted on 07/04/2013 9:37:25 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: JSDude1

Great relevant article. I sometimes forget that Paul Revere never said ‘the British are coming’. 3 years from now, I’m sure someone in some southern city drive along the road and yell ‘The Feds are coming’..


4 posted on 07/04/2013 9:39:39 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: JSDude1
"It is why, taking the bad along with the good, we none the less say, on this of all days, God bless America. "


5 posted on 07/04/2013 9:48:28 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: JSDude1

Would you rather be ruled by King Obama or Queen Elizabeth?


6 posted on 07/04/2013 9:53:49 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: JSDude1
Daniel Hammonds main point is well taken, the American Revolution was the logical extension of the glorious Revolution of 1688 and the patriots who wrote the Declaration of Independence and waged a revolution understood that although they were clearly not above, Saul Alinsky-like, personalizing and demonizing George III as a means of propaganda.

Daniel Hammonds understanding was shared by Winston Churchill but not, alas, by Franklin Roosevelt. Churchill, a Victorian of the 19th century whose vision was broad enough to make him the greatest man of the 20th century, saw the British Empire as an agent of good around the world. Roosevelt, infected by leftism, saw the British Empire as evil and was loathe to support Britain and defend an Empire against communists who would destroy it. Roosevelt, and his advisers such as Alger Hiss, saw the communist empire as benign, even desirable.

Churchill, to his everlasting credit, was an anti-Communist from the beginning of his political career and was much-maligned for sending troops to Russia after World War I in an effort to overthrow the Bolsheviks. For this, as for Gallipoli, he was maligned as a war monger. The point is that Churchill, better than Roosevelt, understood the American Revolution and its meaning for mankind as outlined in this blog by Daniel Hannan. Roosevelt was given over to a Marxist analysis of the American Revolution, seeing it as a class revolt rather than according to the terms laid down in the Declaration of Independence. Churchill had in his own words, "the root of the matter in him" and was the man to defend the principles of Anglo-American freedom against the left, then the right, and once again against the left.

Radio talk jocks yesterday inquired why Pres. Obama makes no effort celebrate the Fourth of July or to associate the three-day battle at Gettysburg with the Declaration of Independence, as did Abraham Lincoln. I think the reason is simple, Obama is a disciple of Roosevelt, or rather of Alger Hiss, and simply does not revere the American Revolution for the great gift to mankind that it in truth represents. He sees the American pageant as one injustice piled on the next which must be rectified by radical transformation. Any homage to American history, to the special role of America, often in partnership with Great Britain in guaranteeing a measure of freedom to the world, is repugnant to that worldview and must be repudiated.


7 posted on 07/04/2013 10:20:59 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: JSDude1

Thanks for posting.


8 posted on 07/04/2013 10:34:44 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: JSDude1

Ahem, they may have been smart men but the wisdom came from the bible.


9 posted on 07/04/2013 11:20:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: JSDude1

Full article at link. Excellent piece. Thank you for posting! Love the tone of it entirely especially the last paragraph:

The Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution that followed, distilled and fortified the principles on which British exceptionalism was held to have rested since the Great Charter. No Briton can be unmoved when he stands in the room where those sublime documents were signed. Their promise is why large parts of the world remain prosperous, free and self-governing. That is the gift of the English-speaking peoples to the rest of the human race. It is why, taking the bad along with the good, we none the less say, on this of all days, God bless America.


10 posted on 07/05/2013 12:14:09 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: max americana

He was only one of twenty or so doing the ride that night. And he was the only one that never made it.


11 posted on 07/05/2013 12:39:32 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: JSDude1; nathanbedford

Great posts from you both. Thank you.


12 posted on 07/05/2013 2:43:03 AM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: JSDude1

#1 “That obama guy? We’ve got NOTHING to do with him, yanks - you own that one...”


13 posted on 07/05/2013 4:05:02 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: JCBreckenridge
Would you rather be ruled by King Obama or Queen Elizabeth?

I believe the proper response is this: No king but King Jesus!

14 posted on 07/05/2013 6:09:23 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: JCBreckenridge
Queen Elizabeth II seems like a wonderful person - like your favorite granny. Prince Charles, on the other hand, seems like a muttonhead.

Barack 0bama seems more like King George III or perhaps Louis XVI of France.

15 posted on 07/05/2013 7:45:58 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks JSDude1.
16 posted on 07/05/2013 8:07:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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