Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Conservative Spirit of the American Revolution

Revolution, as a conceptual matter, implies a reversion of the political order back to ideal strictures, not an overt and novel change.

When the American colonists rebelled against Great Britain, they were asserting their God-given rights as Englishmen. Their citizenship and bearing was argued from historical president, from the Magna Carter the 1689 English Bill of Rights.

Rather than drawing upon novel intellectual arguments, the Continental Congress and the American people rested their authoritative demand for greater freedom, representation, then political independence, from the rich legacy of English Common Law and the broadening of rights and liberties in the Mother Country.

Any call to cast the American Revolution as a radical display of rebellion is not only unfounded, but distorted, undermining the fundamental return to natural law as an endowment of the Creator, as opposed to an artificial pronouncement from the Head of State of elected officials, both of which are the novel tyrannies of modern dictatorships.

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