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Subject: Re: Thomas Sowell: July 4th Date: 6/29/2011 10:11 AM
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The American Revolution was not simply a rebellion against the King of England, it was a rebellion against being ruled by kings in general. That is why the opening salvo of the American Revolution was called "the shot heard round [sic] the world."
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http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2011/06/28/july_......

Great article.


Sowell is wrong. The opening salvo wasn't even called that until 61 years later, in 1836, when Emerson wrote the Concord Hymn.

http://www.nationalcenter.org/ConcordHymn.html

And initially, at the time of the "opening salvo," the rebellion wasn't against the King, let alone kings in general. It was against the British Parliament, which insisted on taxing the colonists without allowing them representation is parliament. ("Taxation without representation" ring a bell?) The colonists were fighting for what they believed were their rights as subjects of the English king, not independence. That came a year later.



More than a hundred years ago, so-called "Progressives" began a campaign to undermine the Constitution's strict limitations on government...

Constitution-worship has it limits. Don't forget that the document codified slavery.



Sowell didn't happen to mention that the first shots of the war were fired in Lexington, Kentucky, did he?

What is it with RighTists and the mangling of American history?
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