The Spirit of King George III live on CNN.
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And so it did. Someone , a colonist perhaps, fired what would become immortalized as the “shot heard round the world.”
So to return to the 21st century and Piers Morgan’s demand of Ben Shapiro:
“Are you saying you really believe your own government is going to turn on you in a way that you require an AR-15 to challenge them …”
The correct answer is: Yes, Mr. Morgan. The Second Amendment is a specific result of the conduct of your government, the British government, in turning on your own citizens — which is what we Americans were that March night of 1770 and that April morning of 1775.
But there was something else going on during this time period than just the issue of guns and a tyrannical government. A something else that is evidenced, in fairness to Piers Morgan, not just by a British TV host for CNN — but is seen everywhere today by all manner of Americans.
Back in 1943, Stanford’s Professor Miller called it the problem of “The English Mind.” In fact, Miller found the problem so striking he devoted an entire chapter to the point.
What was the problem with the English Mind? Writes Miller:
One of the convictions most firmly planted in the minds of eighteenth-century Englishmen was the superiority of true-born Britons to the American colonists.
This is, in conservative eyes, the precise problem demonstrated by the English mind of Mr. Morgan. But alas, this laughable sense of intellectual and moral superiority that Miller once described as part and parcel of the English mind in the 1770s is today a defining characteristic not simply of Piers Morgan but of modern American liberalism. Whether found in the phrase disdainfully describing the America that lies between New York and Los Angeles as “fly over country” or candidate Barack Obama’s description of those small-town Americans who find themselves jobless that:
“…it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
However it is exhibited, superiority, both morally and intellectually is assumed by liberals today as the Brits of the 1770s once did in relation to their colonists.
The latest target for all this — and in point of fact this target has been around for some time even if the attacks are now intensifying — is the U.S. Constitution.
Morgan’s scornful taunt to Ben Shapiro of the Constitution that “you come in and brandish your little book…” is decidedly not a stand-alone. Note this anti-Constitution tirade that aired just this past weekend on the CBS Sunday Morning show hosted by Charles Osgood.
As our friends at Newsbusters have recorded, the exchange between Osgood and a Georgetown University Law professor goes like this:
CHARLES OSGOOD, HOST: Is the U.S. Constitution truly worthy of the reverence in which most Americans hold it? A view on that from Lewis Michael Seidman, Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
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