It occurred to me that someone will get there ahead of me on the forum. Clearly, our American readers are busy celebrating, preparing for those fireworks and barbecues.
This is the Fourth of July, the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, one of the great dates of the Anglosphere. Let us not forget how many of those ideas were first formulated in Britain, some in England, some in Scotland. It is at times like this that one thinks about our own Union and its fate.
Here are some of those stirring words. Compare them to the grey, controlled vision of the European project:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.And for some amusement, Rick Moran on Right Wing Nuthouse is "liveblogging" the Continental Congress. Enjoy. Tweet
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.