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  •  The Declaration is embarrassingly disingenuous (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Sylv, elwior, LilithGardener

    My two favorite points are:

    • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government...

    This refers to the fact that after taking over Quebec from France as a result of the Seven Years War, and initially imposing British law and religion, Parliament granted the request of the Québecois to restore the familiar French system preferred by almost everyone there, and to allow Catholics the freedom to worship as they chose. So, why were the insurgents complaining about this? Hmmm? Freedom of religion? Governing by the will of the People?

    • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us...

    This refers to the fact that the Crown emancipated some slaves in the colonies (in 1772, the Somerset Decision had established England itself as slave-free). Yes, they wanted the freed slaves to help the British, but given all that has transpired since then (including the Emancipation Proclamation, which did exactly the same thing on a much larger scale), that particular complaint is rather revealing of certain little known underlying priorities of the insurgents. (This is not even to mention the fact that the American Revolution itself was a much larger and more terrible “domestic insurrection” from the point of view of loyal subjects of the Crown.)

    But the best of all is simply to read this document, a point-by-point rebuttal of every accusation in the Declaration by a contemporary British pundit:

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