July 4, 2017
Independence Day: Celebrating the Anglosphere
By David Semple
It’s the Fourth of July, Independence Day. Today is the 241st birthday of the United States of America. The USA has 50 states. Actually, there are 51. For England is and will always be the First State of the United States of America. Remember that the Constitution of the United States is the greatest English political document in history. The American War of Independence was an English civil war, our second civil war after the English Civil War in Oliver Cromwell’s day. Remember too the Declaration of Independence was the beginning of the most democratic revolution in history.
Americans love Shakespeare perhaps more than the English, for Shakespeare is part of America’s heritage, as is Magna Carta, the King James Bible and the 1688 Bill of Rights. The American Revolution was the greatest episode in the battle for English freedom, for English values, culture and language. The United States is not a foreign country. It is the upholder of English freedom. It is the leader of the Western world.
Both England and the USA are nations of immigrants. The English only came to Britain after the end of the Roman occupation. Our ancestors came to England for freedom from the continent of Europe. The English settlement of America took that pursuit of English freedom to the New World. England is not Europe; England is the foundation stone of the New World. Our language and our culture and our English freedoms and liberties have spread throughout the world, to North America, to Australasia and to India.
I am a Canadian, but England and the United States and Australia are my countries too. The English language and the English political culture bond us together in one international community called the Anglosphere, comprising different races and cultures, but tied together by our common language and political heritage.
Independence Day celebrates the beginning of the greatest struggle for human freedom and liberty since Moses and the Israelites left Egypt for the Promised Land. Without Moses there would be no Judeo-Christian value system, and therefore no England. And without England, there would be no America or Canada. Independence Day celebrates freedom not just for the English-speaking people, but for everyone throughout the world.
It is fitting that the greatest Englishman of the 20th century was half-American. Winston Churchill saved Western civilisation from being destroyed by Nazi Germany, the greatest evil in human history. In the early 1940s, the West faced almost certain destruction from Nazism. Saving the West from destruction was Churchill’s single greatest achievement. He knew that the only way to win the war was for the New World to come to the rescue of the Old World. After all, America has been the nation of refuge of persecuted people from all the corners of the world.
To achieve victory, Churchill established the special relationship with President Franklin Roosevelt of the United States. In August 1941, Churchill and Roosevelt signed the Atlantic Charter. This was before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. The Atlantic Charter became the first policy document for the wartime anti-Nazi alliance; a document which loudly proclaimed the kind of the post-war world the Anglo-Americans wanted to build, a world built upon the traditional English freedoms and liberties which inaugurated the democracies of the New World. Together with the British Empire, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (in alliance with Soviet Russia), worked together to save the freedoms and liberties of people throughout the world.
This was the finest hour of the English-speaking peoples. But without the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, we would never have won the Second World War. The American Revolution is our revolution too. Never forget this.
God bless the United States of America.