Happy 4 July— mike guillory (@MikeGuillory9) July 4, 2020
“…to ourselves and our Posterity.” pic.twitter.com/6RNvSkRhtJ
BLM wipes their shoes on the flag. pic.twitter.com/5GiipvIuyh— Bubette Salam (@BubetteS) July 4, 2020
How should we view the Revolution of 1776?
George Fitzhugh once confronted the same problem of how to make sense of the American Revolution and came up with an excellent answer which is still relevant in our own times:
“The Revolution of 1776 was, when subjected to the searching analysis of learned and comprehensive philosophy, the commonest thing in nature. The birth of a child, or the weaning of a calf, excite no wonder, and stirs up no fanatical ardor because of their frequent occurrence; yet the birth of a nation, or the separation of a colony from its parent stem are events quite as much in the order of nature as the birth of a child, the weaning of a calf, or the dropping of the ripened apple from its parent stem. The Revolution of ’76 had nothing dramatic, nothing novel, nothing grand about it. Every child and every chicken, that, getting old enough and strong enough to take care of itself, is quite as singular and admirable as a spectacle, as that of the thirteen adult states of the States of America solemnly resolving to cut loose from their state of pupilage and dependence of their parent, England, and ever thereafter to assert and enjoy the rights of independent manhood. It was an exceedingly vulgar, commonplace affair; it had nothing poetic or dramatic about it. A birth, a christening, a circumcision, or the induing of the “toga virilis” – in fact, anything that marked an epoch in life, was quite as admirable as this weaning of the American calf from its trans-Atlantic dam.
Colonies are sure to set up for themselves when strong enough to do so, and had been thus setting up for themselves since the world began, and excited no wonder by the procedure. So well aware were the Greeks of this fact, that they anticipated and obviated this weaning process, which whether it occur with Colonies, calves or chickens, occasions heart-burning, family quarrels, scratching and pecking and fighting – that they sent out their Colonies as full-fledged and independent nations. Declarations of Independence were unknown then. Nothing so pompous, so malapropos and so silly is to be found in history, until our Revolution of ’76. A hundred guns are fired when a Prince is born in France, yet all the artillery in the world, fired simultaneously, could not make the birth or the weaning of a baby or a nation a grand or imposing event. Either occurrence is decidedly vulgar and commonplace, and Columbian Orators, or fourth of July orations, and lengthy Columbiads, in endeavoring to celebrate and dramatise them, only serve to render them more ridiculous.
All the bombastic absurdities in our Declaration of Independence about the inalienable rights of man, had about as much to do with the occasion, as would a sermon or an oration on the teething of a child or the kittening of a cat. …”
America in 1776 was like a young adult.
The birth of a child is the most natural and commonest thing in the world. It is a tragedy that the American Revolution was ever interpreted as anything but the separation of the American child from its English parent. The event never had any divine meaning or purpose for the rest of the humanity.
The true founding of America was in 1607 at Jamestown, not in 1619 when the first black slave arrived or 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The colonies organically grew into the states from these primitive settlements on the eastern seaboard in the early 17th century. The English came to Virginia to emulate the example of the Spanish conquistadors in Mexico and to economically better themselves. Slavery only came later and was nothing but a means to that end. Black slavery was also unimportant in Virginia until the supply of indentured servants dried up in the late 17th century. Virginia didn’t become a “slave society” until the 18th century. It was originally a settler society like New England.
As for liberalism, it was still in the future when Virginia and Plymouth were founded in the time of King James I who was an absolutist monarch. John Locke later wrote a constitution for South Carolina that was rejected by the colonists. America is older than liberalism and slavery. Russia had a communist phase and that is now seen as just a part of the larger story of Russian history.
This is how we should think of July the 4th and the American Revolution. It was a stage in our growth equivalent to the end of adolesence. We can celebrate it, remember it and honor it as part of our heritage while moving on from this narrative that are nothing more than liberal ideology. Woke liberalism is a disaster and this cult offers us nothing useful today.