The other day I came upon something that I had written in a site in New Brunswick that was publishing many of my articles, and realized that I had indeed inherited much from our past as an English-speaking people. While my roots were quite clearly embedded in the Magna Carta of 1215 AD, I had come through the centuries with the very same ideals that many from the English-speaking world had also inherited and used to defend their rights from those who sought to deny them the rights enshrined in English Common Law. From the Magna Carta and English COMMON LAW came the guarantees of all our very basic rights and even the king could not take those away from us. But then came, King Charles 1, who assumed that the king's word was the law of the land and hired mercenaries in Holland to make war on the British Parliament, which was a treasonous act, and he was beheaded.
But, that was not heeded by King George III, in the years before the American Revolution. He used his influence with British Prime Minister Frederick Lord North, to get his Conservative government to pass laws that violated those rights that were guaranteed by the Magna Carta of 1215 AD. Every one of the Intolerant Acts passed by the government of Frederick Lord North violated the spirit of the Magna Carta, but the worst of these Intolerable Acts was the Kebec Act of June 22, 1774, which brought on the American Revolution. This quote by Edmund Burke clearly outlines the choices left to the Continental Congress in 1774:
"People crushed by law have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the laws; and those, who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous, more or less." October 1777.
"If the laws are subverted by the powerful politicians as in Canada today, I see the same end result as what brought on the American Revolution." Thus nothing I have written here should be taken lightly or in jest. But, the best quote comes from that grand old revolutionary Benjamin Franklin:
"A little neglect may breed mischief.... For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost." This too is part of our common heritage, and which we must think about seriously, because if we overlook our own heritage, what will have we left for our future generations, that they may hold dear?
Yes! I have written this, so that others, who come after me, will have something on which to base the coming struggle on.
Kenneth T. Tellis