Many Americans treat the founding of the country as if it were a repudiation of most of the Anglo tradition that came before it. Others treat it as if it were a simple revolution against a tyrannical monarch.
Both are untrue: the founding of America was one evolutionary step in the Anglo tradition of the reaction of the people against a polity that steps outside the customary bounds of its power. As has happened in 1014, 1215, 1689 etc… the abuse of power engendered a reaction in those affected by it, and the reaction involved the political institutionalization of the customs of liberty that the people already believed they had. In the case of the American founding, these customs of liberty were decidedly English.
As Hatton Sumners, Democratic Congressman from Texas from 1913—1947, and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said,
A straight road runs from Runnymede to Philadelphia. Our Constitution came up from a self-governing people.
In this really entertaining interview with Terry Bain of Occupy Radio, Robin Koerner puts 1776 in the context of the very Anglo history of the evolution of political liberty.
Why bother? Because backlashes against Power start in the culture. We need another one here and now in 2013. To make that happen, we need to understand how it has always happened in our history.
Direct link to interview is here.
Link to Terry’s post on Occupy America Social Network is here
HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY.