As the closing ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi approaches, many are reminded of the times that various Commonwealth countries achieved their independence. Unlike other Commonwealth countries, America totally separated itself from the British Empire and became an independent republic, and, hopefully, its neighbour can follow suit in the 21st century.
Lest we forget, the American colonists were so frustrated in the late 18th century that they were constantly petitioning George III, the king of England, to cease the oppression of them. Leading up to the formalisation of their resolve to become independent of Britain was the October 1774 Declaration of Resolves of the First Continental Congress, which announced express offence at the British Parliament's claim to the right “to bind the people of America by statutes in all cases whatsoever.”
It was one week after the Resolves was signed that the Articles of Association were entered into by the colonies, which voiced grievances and described severe oppression by Britain. The Articles of Association adopted a ban on the importation of British and Irish goods and also on East India Company tea. As a consequence of the ban on British imports, there would have also been a prohibition of slave importation. The Articles of Association expressed that George III was using authority from Henry VIII, who is accepted by most investigators to have been one of history's worst tyrants. The following excerpt reveals that the English despotically stretched Henry VIII's statutes to abuse the “rule of law” to “legally” transport American colonists to England to be tried for acts supposedly committed in America:
And whereas it has lately been resolved in parliament, that by force of a statute, made in the thirty-fifth year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth, colonists may be transported to England, and tried there upon accusations for treasons and misprisions, or concealments of treasons committed in the colonies, and by a late statute, such trials have been directed in cases therein mentioned.
It is amazing that whenever anything is rationalised by the phrase, “it's the law”, it is automatically accepted as right and just. George III was so annoyed with the colonists that he sponsored a system of government in Quebec that was foreign to the rest of the British North American colonies. George III's retribution against Americans in the years leading up to the American Revolution regarding Quebec has set the stage for the French-speaking Province of Quebec (then an enemy of Britain) to become an independent republic, free of the English/Hanover Crown. The following is an excerpt from the Articles of Association about Quebec:
Also the act passed in the same session for establishing the Roman Catholic religion, in the province of Quebec, abolishing the equitable system of English laws, and erecting a tyranny there, to the great danger (from so total a dissimilarity of religion, law and government) of the neighbouring British colonies, by the assistance of whose blood and treasure the said country was conquered from France.
The colonists were not overstating the situation when they declared:
[T]hat the present unhappy situation of our affairs is occasioned by a ruinous system of colony administration, adopted by the British ministry about the year 1763, evidently calculated for enslaving these colonies, and, with them, the British empire.
Quebec is everything French and independent. The people of Quebec deserve to be free of the British Hanover Monarch. Viva la Quebec!© 2010 Amitakh Stanford