Then and Now.
Okay, who really cares about the speech that Oliver Cromwell gave on April 20, 1653? Most Americans do not know nor do they care who he was. However, after you read this article about him, you will know who he was and care about what he stood.
The BBC took a poll regarding whom the Brits considered the 100 Greatest British people. Cromwell came #10 just behind Lord Nelson. Now, while the British voted for Cromwell, it is critical that we know why they thought so highly of him. Then we need to understand why I think that we should listen to him.
First, most need a short history lesson on Cromwell closing the Long Parliament. The Long Parliament opened in 1640 and ran until 1648. Then on December 6, 1648, the British had the Rump Parliament until April 20, 1653.
Cromwell wanted to get rid of the monarchy and removed both the king and parliament. This is his speech to the Long Parliament.
So what? Why must we learn this history lesson? George Santayana said, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Tragically, we are repeating our ignorance of history around the world.
Ted Cruz wants to change the way America functions as a democracy by suggesting to the House of Representatives to stop the government due to his and others disagreement with the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare). Both the House and Senate passed the Affordable Care Act, signed by the president, and ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. Then Obama won re-election with his healthcare reform a major issue during the campaign.
Now, I am not suggesting that Obama should say to the Tea Party and birthers, "In the name of God, go!" However, I am saying to Cruz and company, "In the name of God, think!" In the long view of politics, Cruz, the Tea Party, and the birthers will go by the way like the Dixiecrats, the John Birch Society, McCarthy-ism, Nixon, and Cheney. However, in the meantime, they are ruining our economy again just as Obama's predecessor had.
While some Americans are wallowing in non-sense, we are not alone. Scotland is in the midst of discussing leaving the UK. I have lived in Scotland for a year back in the late 60s and returned recently for a month looking into and interviewing people about the independence movement. Some Scots fear standing alone as an independent nation. In fact, much of Scottish history has been precisely that of standing alone.
Scotland finally got a parliament that runs Scotland after 300-years of Westminster running Scotland. That is absurd. The British Empire has dwindled down to six-counties in Northern Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland, and a handful of small islands scattered around the world. The English once saw Great Britain as "the Empire on which the sun never sets."
It appears to me that the sun is going down on their empire.
Methinks that the Scots on September 18, 2014 need to say to the English, "In the name of God, go!"
I am looking forward to spending nearly a month in Burma and see what once was a British colony just like so many other parts of the world.
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