Sunday, November 24, 2013
Tomorrow is Evacuation Day. November 25, 1783 was the day American patriots reclaimed New York City from the British troops and their loyalist occupiers. General George Washington marched his troops through the streets of Manhattan. He was astonished at what he saw.
The Americans stopped at the Blue Bell Tavern, at what is now 181st St. and Broadway, once a hotbed of patriotic sentiment, where the head of King George III’s statue was stuck on a post in the first days of liberty. They marched through McGowan’s Pass, along what is now Central Park’s East Drive at about 102nd St., then made their way down the Bowery to Pearl St., and turning west on Wall St. — following much of the same route along which they fled in a desperate retreat from British troops seven years before.
The landscape about them was unrecognizable, “the island . . . totally stripped of trees,” an astonished Washington reported. Most of the villages of upper Manhattan had been burned and looted. It was, one observer said, “one general scene of ravage and desolation.”
This Monument is Dedicated to the Lasting Memory of The United Empire Loyalists who, after the Declaration of Independence, came into British America from the seceded American Colonies and who, with faith and fortitude, and under great pioneering difficulties, largely laid the foundations of this Canadian nation as an integral part of the British Empire.
Neither confiscation of their property, the pitiless persecution of their kinsmen in revolt, nor the galling chains of imprisonment could break their spirits, or divorce them from a loyalty almost without parallel.
“No country ever had such founders — no country in the world — no, not since the days of Abraham.” — Lady Tennyson
We have witnessed time and time again, Democrats disregarding the very rules and laws that they have implemented for short term political expediency. This time they utilized the nuclear option. According to Senate parliamentary procedures, a 2/3 vote is required to change senate rules. That means 67 members must vote in the affirmative. Senator Harry Reid and his confederates ignored this, even though he warned of the consequences in his book.
Everyone knows what this is about. They want to pack the D.C. Circuit Court in order to buttress their runaway Administrative State and rule us without going through the legislative process.
You Democrats are fooling no one.