Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Napoleon, the Pope, and the CSA

Europe continues to shape attitudes here in the United States. European philosophy underpins American culture despite attempts to shift the emphasis to other regions. In 1860 the influence of Europe on events in the USA was even more profound than today. Trade is always referred to as the most important issue in America’s trans-Atlantic relationship. However, in my opinion it is political ideas, culture and philosophy that are paramount.

Some say that the birth of the United States is the realization of Christendom in government fulfilling the work of James IV & I. Infused with the high Medieval ideals of decentralization stemming from the study of the Trinity; the Articles of Confederation and then the Constitution attempted to reconcile theories that issued from the pre-Hanoverian English monarchy with the realities of the New World. The legacy of the Stewart Kings was still strong and Christian agrarianism would be given another chance to thrive.

Had James II & VII not been illegally driven from office and the Stewart lineage continued to reign perhaps the American Revolution might not have happened. But with the advent of Continental politics in the form of William III (of Orange 1650-1702) and the conniving of a Parliament consumed with envy and regicide the abuse of the Colonies in the 18th century was destined and the American Revolution inevitable.

When in 1745 Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charles, 1720-1788), grandson of James II, landed in Scotland as Prince Regent of England, Scotland, Ireland, and North America he raised an army to free England from the grip of the Hanoverian pretenders and their incestuous brethrens in Parliament. Bathed in glory he and his followers bravely fought against all odds but in the end were defeated. The Jacobite cause and the pluralism and decentralization for which it stood left the British Isles and the fight continued elsewhere.

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