UPDATED: A July 4th Toast To Thomas Jefferson And The Anglo-Saxon Tradition



“The Declaration of Independence—whose proclamation, on July 4, 1776, we celebrate—has been mocked out of meaning.

To be fair to the liberal Establishment, ordinary Americans are not entirely blameless. For most, Independence Day means firecrackers and cookouts. The Declaration doesn’t feature. In fact, contemporary Americans are less likely to read it now that it is easily available on the Internet, than when it relied on horseback riders for its distribution.

Back in 1776, gallopers carried the Declaration through the country. Printer John Dunlap had worked ‘through the night’ to set the full text on ‘a handsome folio sheet,’ recounts historian David Hackett Fischer in Liberty And Freedom. And President (of the Continental Congress) John Hancock urged that the “people be universally informed.”

Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration, called it ‘an expression of the American Mind.’ An examination of Jefferson’s constitutional thought makes plain that he would no longer consider the mind of a McCain, an Obama, or the collective mentality of the liberal establishment, ‘American’ in any meaningful way. For the Jeffersonian mind was that of an avowed Whig—an American Whig whose roots were in the English Whig political philosophy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. …

… Jefferson’s muse for the ‘American Mind’ is even older.

The Whig tradition is undeniably Anglo-Saxon. Our founding fathers’ political philosophy originated with their Saxon forefathers, and the ancient rights guaranteed by the Saxon constitution. With the Declaration, Jefferson told Henry Lee in 1825, he was also protesting England’s violation of her own ancient tradition of natural rights. As Jefferson saw it, the Colonies were upholding a tradition the Crown had abrogated. …

Naturally, Jefferson never entertained the folly that he was of immigrant stock. He considered the English settlers of America courageous conquerors, much like his Saxon forebears, to whom he compared them. To Jefferson, early Americans were the contemporary carriers of the Anglo-Saxon project.”

On the occasion of Independence Day, re-read the original column in its entirety, “A July 4th Toast To Thomas Jefferson And The Anglo-Saxon Tradition.”

UPDATED (July 4): “Assimilation and the Founding Fathers”: Michelle Malkin picks up on the theme in her superb syndicated column. Here are a few excerpt:

“… as I’ve noted many times over the years when debating both Democrats and Republicans who fall back on empty phrases to justify putting the amnesty cart before the enforcement horse, we are not a “nation of immigrants.” This is both a factual error and a warm-and-fuzzy non sequitur. Eighty-five percent of the residents currently in the United States were born here. Yes, we are almost all descendants of immigrants. But we are not a “nation of immigrants.” (And the politically correct president certainly wouldn’t argue that Native American Indians, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians and descendants of black slaves “immigrated” here in any common sense of the word, would he?) …

George Washington, in a letter to John Adams, stated that immigrants should be absorbed into American life so that “by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people.”

In a 1790 speech to Congress on the naturalization of immigrants, James Madison stated that America should welcome the immigrant who could assimilate, but exclude the immigrant who could not readily “incorporate himself into our society.”

Alexander Hamilton wrote in 1802: “The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias and prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education and family.”

Hamilton further warned that “The United States have already felt the evils of incorporating a large number of foreigners into their national mass; by promoting in different classes different predilections in favor of particular foreign nations, and antipathies against others, it has served very much to divide the community and to distract our councils. It has been often likely to compromise the interests of our own country in favor of another. The permanent effect of such a policy will be, that in times of great public danger there will be always a numerous body of men, of whom there may be just grounds of distrust; the suspicion alone will weaken the strength of the nation, but their force may be actually employed in assisting an invader.”

The survival of the American republic, Hamilton maintained, depends upon “the preservation of a national spirit and a national character.” “To admit foreigners indiscriminately to the rights of citizens the moment they put foot in our country would be nothing less than to admit the Grecian horse into the citadel of our liberty and sovereignty.” …

Read the rest at MichelleMalkin.com.

5 thoughts on “UPDATED: A July 4th Toast To Thomas Jefferson And The Anglo-Saxon Tradition

  1. Myron Pauli

    Certain concepts of justice, property. and the Liberty Bell’s inscription: ” Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof” go further back to ancestors of Ilana and myself. Nevertheless, after the Jewish state was decimated by Rome, the religion focused primarily on maintaining religious traditions in vulnerable ghettoes for 1600 years. Christianity was co-opted by the Roman Empire and the divine authority of Kings until the Protestant reformation brought Cromwell, the Glorious Revolution, and the Enlightenment to England that combined the ancient Torah-based concepts with a modern Parliament-based constitutional monarchy.

    Unfortunately, England viewed the American colonies as not part of England but as part of an Empire with SUBJECTS made up of a motley ensemble of fortune seekers, slaves, debtors, former indentured servants, Indian “savages”, Frenchmen (in Quebec) to be controlled and managed by agents of the King. The Proclamation of 1763 and the Quebec Act were examples of this imperial management that greatly upset the colonists. The taxes were small charges to force the colonial freeloaders to pay for the “benefits” of the Empire. Thus Jefferson and the other White Christian Men (OOPS – Politically Incorrect) that gathered in Philadelphia sought to restore their inalienable rights.


    The United States – warts and all – is my home. Perpetrating theft, fraud, murder, slavery, bigotry, or any other moral infraction on the lives, persons, or property of fellow Citizens is the same as doing so to my blood relatives and dearest friends, so, I avoid those actions as best I can. As a nation, we have reached the standard of living, including education, we have because we have practiced a system of mutually beneficial, voluntary trade, i.e. I’ll buy your loaf of bread for $$$ as long as you have made it with quality ingredients and skill at a competitive price. I believe this is the system that will raise the rest of the world up from ignorance, poverty, and bare-subsistence existence. Please…believe in your “home” and celebrate its birthday for without a “home”, we will become purposeless vagrants and nomads in a very harsh world. HAPPY 4th of JULY TO ALL.

  3. Steve in Texas

    The real genius of Anglo-Saxon government was the bottom-up approach, with leaders being chosen at the lowest level and being given greater responsibility as they proved themselves worthy.

    In many ways the exact opposite of today’s party system.

  4. Barbara Grant

    I am eternally grateful that my forebears, lawful Jewish European immigrants into these United States, were able to benefit from the Anglo-Saxon system Ilana describes. In just one generation, a descendant of poor Russian peasants was offered a full scholarship in engineering to Cornell (there was no affirmative action back then.) Another forebear, a descendant of Hungarian Jewish immigrants, authored several patents on new technology. This would never have been possible in the Old Europe; the system set up in this country, based on its Anglo-Saxon heritage, allowed lawful immigrants to excel beyond what they might have ever dreamed of achieving under persecution in their former homelands.

    Thank you, Thomas Jefferson, and other Founders: You provided the framework that allowed many to achieve their dreams…not by providing “government benefits,” but by providing the ultimate benefit of freedom from government coercion.

  5. james huggins

    Great stuff Ilana. The last three paragraphs, the words of Hamilton, were brilliantly prophetic in 1802 and unhappily a prophecy fulfilled today.

    Hope all of you folks had a good fourth.


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