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Independence Day 4 July

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I came across two blog articles about American Independence Day that one really should read.

One is by Ben Heine called What is America to me?, highlighting Earl Robinson’s song “The House I Live In”, and the other is by Mark Glenn called simply Independence Day.

Mark Glenn’s is sad and particularly evocative. I think he gets it wrong calling the army and navy of King George III “foreign invaders” in north America at the time of Independence in 1776, as this was British North America at the time and the “rebellious colonists” were subjects of the British Crown.

It should be remembered, too, that only about one third of the population of BNA supported the rebellion – a third were essentially neutral, and roughly a third were loyal to the Crown. The shameful way the Loyalists were treated may well have been a portent of what the USA was to become. They were driven out to what became Canada, in bitter winter weather, many thousands of them dying on that “Walk of Death”. They became the United Empire Loyalists and supporters of the vision of Canada held by Sir John A. Macdonald and the Tories, busily being betrayed by the present PM, Mr Stephen Harper.

Even so, Mark Glenn’s piece is a “must read” on this Independence Day for Americans, and a salutary warning for the rest of us.

Written by David Rosser Owen

July 4, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Salaam ‘Alaikum

    They were foreign invaders. So were the colonists.

    Umm Zaid

    July 5, 2008 at 1:05 am

  2. Salams, Umm Zaid – nice to see you again (in a manner of speaking). True, seen from the point-of-view of the First Nations, they were foreign invaders; but then so were the Dutch, French, Spanish, Russians, and Chinese. My point of issue with Mark Glenn was, however, about the British, Dutch, and French colonials of British North America.

    Daoud Rosser-Owen

    July 5, 2008 at 6:31 pm

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