Emerson on England

“I feel, in regard to this aged England, with a kind of instinct, that she sees a little better on a cloudy day, and that, in storm of battle and calamity, she has a secret vigor and a pulse like a cannon.”

I’ve always liked that Emerson quote, and interestingly, Queen Elizabeth II repeated it when she visited the United States in long-ago 1991.

WASHINGTON, May 16— Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the cooperation and commonality between the United States and Britain in an address to Congress today.

“Some people believe that power grows from the barrel of a gun,” the Queen said in her remarks to a joint meeting of Congress. “So it can, but history shows that it never grows well nor for very long. Force, in the end, is sterile. We have gone a better way: our societies rest on mutal agreement, on contract and on consensus.”

It was the first time a British monarch has ever addressed Congress, although royalty from other countries have made similar speeches.”

There were foreshadowings of the trouble to come during the Queen’s visit:

“The Queen said the United States and Britain were “doing our best to re-establish peace and civil order in the region” after the gulf war.

“Unfortunately, experience shows that great enterprises seldom end with a tidy and satisfactory flourish,” she said, adding that the United States and Britain had “a special advantage in seeking to guide the process of change because of the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of both our societies.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen’s remarks had been written by British Embassy officials.”

The Queen’s visit was also disrupted by protests from various American ethnic grievance-mongers:

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy 2d, Democrat of Massachusetts, and several other colleagues boycotted the monarch’s speech to Congress, “in protest to the British occupation in northern Ireland,” Mr. Kennedy said. Across the street from the Capitol, two dozen Irish-Americans opposed to the British occupation of Northern Ireland also protested the Queen’s visit.

Representative Gus Savage, Democrat of Illinois, along with the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights advocate from Brooklyn, urged blacks to stay away because of Britain’s decision to lift sanctions against South Africa and because of what they called growing racial tensions in England.”

Can the clock be turned back to a time before we all started to cower before these grievance-merchants and shakedown artists? Everyone says dogmatically that ”we can’t turn the clock back”. No, we can’t truly travel backward in time, but we can at least make an effort to reset things to before the madness set in. It’s vital not to let the usual strident, shrill voices of the left-extremists drown out the voices of sanity.

The Brexit vote, I hope, demonstrates the truth in Emerson’s assessment of the English.

 

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