A Committee of the Whole

Oil on canvas painting of Richard Henry Lee. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Something different this week. I’m a bit tired of the Stürm und Drang of politics, especially in Washington and London. I also suspect that they’ll still be going at it when we return, soap operas are like that. And besides it’s the Fourth of July weekend, and nothing they’re going to do in the next few days is anywhere near as important as what the Second Continental Congress did this week 241 years ago. Most of these posts are from 2012 when this blog was less than a year old, and I’m making minimal changes to them, and most of you are new here, and they are just as valid as they were then. Hope you enjoy them.

Let us take note that today there is a document in the committee of the whole of Congress, for editing. It was written by Mr. Jefferson of Virginia, pursuant to a resolution offered by Virginia Delegate Richard Henry Lee and seconded by John Adams of Massachusetts.

“Resolved, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

We would be wise to note that this resolution was passed with heavy hearts, not from fear, but from long affection for our cousins in the United Kingdom.

Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.

—Thomas Jefferson, November 29, 1775

So it would be. It is the same conflict that led to Magna Charta, and to the Glorious Revolution. This time carried out in a war that would change the world. In fact, many of us refer to it as the Second English Civil War, for such it was.

We probably won’t take the time later this week so let’s note now that the ensuing unpleasantness would lead to one of the largest mass emigrations the United States would ever see, that of many Loyalists to Canada. They imparted to the Canucks some measure of understanding us without taking our world famous rowdiness with them. God Bless them.

They like the United Kingdom itself would in time become the friends that prove Bismarck’s dictum true, “Great Nations do not have friends, they have interests”. This nation does.

A film clip perhaps, showing Hollywood’s version of the difference between Americans and Canadians.

And so as we begin the celebration of independence this week, we would be wise to remember that while we have the oldest government in the world, we are amongst the youngest of countries. But we had a head start, for we built this country on the shoulders of giants.


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8 Responses to A Committee of the Whole

  1. the unit says:

    Yeah, the Stürm und Drang if politics goes on with or without us. 🙂
    Will this become a Committee of the Hole? “Dem proposes panel to remove President if unfit to lead” headline @ CNN.
    I guess this time the new Loyalist to the Republic will stay home. No where to run anyway.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      I just can’t figure out why they think the more conservative Pence would be better for them. Not that they have a hope in Hades of pulling it off, all they do is further marginalize themselves. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Recent Republican record. Dems not used to opposition. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Likely so, and the R’s ain’t very good at it, even in the majority.

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          They probably think they can handle a regular Republican, Pence?, not the whatever he is Trump, the “malignant” one (Bernstein).

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Could be. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          And that’s enough from me for now. Let’s just make Obama mad and be patriotic celebrating Independence Day. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Damned good plan, that. Happy Birthday, America! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

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