(It’s still July 4th in the USA…)
- Niall O’Dowd / Irish Central – July 4th the Declaration of Independence and the revolution that began all revolutions: July 4th, Independence Day, that we celebrate today, transformed the world forever.The divine right of kings, the old order, foundered never to return in the same strength.
We take it for granted today that the values in the declaration are those all the world would want to share but back then it was an earth-shattering document.
The notion of a republic by the people was still alien to the western world.
- MondoWeiss – For July 4, passengers on U.S. Boat to Gaza call for new U.S. declaration of independence – from Israel: The passengers issued their call from the decks of the U.S.-flagged boat, The Audacity of Hope, which is currently confined to a Greek military pier near Athens, while its captain sits in jail.Like the Founders in Philadelphia, the passengers in Athens recognize that “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them to another, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
- Bill of Rights Institute – America’s Founders Online; Thomas Paine: Thomas Paine was a major figure during the early years of the American Revolution. One of the foremost propagandists for American liberty in the 1770s, Paine penned words that rallied the war-weary spirit of the colonists and that still stir the hearts of Americans today, even when taken out of their original context: “These are the times that try men’s souls…. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country…. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered…. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” His Common Sense was the bestselling pamphlet of the Revolutionary era (as a percentage of the population, it was read by more people than watch the Superbowl today) and The American Crisis was known at the time as well. Common Sense is still widely available and read today by students of the period. He is often cited as a champion of liberty.
- Aengus O Snodaigh – The revolutionary Lord Edward Fitzgerald (1763-1798): The publication of the Rights of Man in 1791 made a great impression on him, transforming him from a follower of Rousseau to a disciple of Paine and from a radical to a republican. In October 1792 he visited Paris, where he not only met Paine but lodged with him. In Paris he joined the Jacobin Club, of which the Sheares brothers were also members.In November 1792, at a republican banquet in White’s Hotel in Paris for British and Irish residents, also attended by Thomas Paine, he joined in toasting the progress of liberty and the Revolution and drinking to “the people of Ireland, and may Government profit by the example of France…”
- Preamble to the Declaration of the United Irishmen: In the present great era of reform, when unjust Governments are falling in every quarter of Europe; when religious persecution is compelled to abjure her tyranny over conscience; when the rights of man are ascertained in theory, and that theory substantiated by practice; when antiquity can no longer defend absurd and oppressive forms against the common sense and common interests of mankind; when all Government is acknowledged to originate from the people, and to be so far only obligatory as it protects their rights and promotes their welfare; we think it our duty, as Irishmen, to come forward, and state what we feel to be our heavy grievance, and what we know to be its effectual remedy. We have no national Goverment — we are ruled by
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