From The Queen: Love and service.
December 26, 2013
From The Queen: Love and service.
December 15, 2013
Your rights and liberties?
Many people are unaware that most of the rights and freedoms enshrined in the US Bill of Rights were first enshrined in Britain's Constitution. British subjects in America fought for the rights and liberties which they considered theirs as Englishmen and Englishwomen. The British Crown in its unwisdom had sought to deprive them of those rights.
On this day in 1791, after they had won their freedom and had established the US Constitution, Americans amended the US Constitution. Ten amendments, now called the Bill of Rights, confirmed in writing the liberties that are essential to the happiness, self-determination, and success of free men and women and which belong to them by right. Government doesn't give us those liberties. Its role is to protect them.
The rights and liberties in the American Bill of Rights have their source in Magna Carta, the Petition of Right, the Declaration of Right, and the British Bill of Rights. (Americans also added several new, vital rights.)
We describe the rights and freedoms fought for over a thousand years in Britain and incorporated in the US Bill of Rights in our book Share the Inheritance. It's an illustrated summary for young people and those who want their information swiftly provided. (Daniel Hannan has expanded on the theme in his new book.)
Former British subjects who were well-acquainted with British constitutional law, Americans remembered and treasured their inheritance. Do they still treasure their inheritance today? Do we?
A good start.
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Exciting, profound, joyful, local and global: British writers, artists and musicians
They brought honesty and common sense, fair play and compassion, bravery, daring, and self-discipline, and a passionate love of liberty to a 2000-year-long struggle to achieve freedom.
INGENIOUS INVENTORS, INNOVATIVE THINKERS
Brits gave us the modern world. We love it, loathe it, can't live without it.
They were a fellowship of men and women, slave and free who changed the world.
FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS
Our gratitude to ADAM HILEY of Essex for his contribution to the website.
Our happy thanks to BARRY AND VIVIENNE HOOPER of Australia, who purchased a book and made a donation to the website. They wrote, We thank you both for your wonderful website which you share with many.
Our warm thanks to STEWLAC for buying copies of the book, making a donation to the website, and sharing our hopes.
Thanks to JASON BARNES for contributing to Brits at their Best and buying a copy of the book. Hope he likes it.
In appreciation of the file on abolishing slavery, TOBY ROWE has supported Brits at their Best with a contribution.
The people of Britain and the Anglosphere defied a world of cruelty and superstition to create life-changing gifts. This is your inheritance. Glorious. Hardcover, 140 pages, 125 colour illustrations.
The cost is £4.99 (plus £3 shipping) in the UK, $9 (plus $8 shipping) in the USA.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like a copy.
The authors — Dr David Abbott and Catherine Glass Abbott — are the publishers of this website.
DAVID ABBOTT MD, MRCP
I have practiced medicine in England, America and Canada for the last four decades. I believe in the principles of Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights. I am a father, grandfather, bell ringer, environmental campaigner and marathoner.
Brits at their Best produced thousands of indispensable inventions, developed wildly popular sports, designed romantic houses and gardens, created astonishing literary masterpieces, lived with style and humour, tackled dangerous missions with daring and ingenuity, and fought with indomitable courage to establish and protect the free world.
We describe their superb achievements and extraordinary lives.
CATHERINE (CAT) GLASS
I saw tyranny firsthand in Eastern Europe. (My background is English, Irish, and Czech.) I received my degree in Classical Greek from Columbia University, New York, worked in publishing in the United States for twenty years, and helped the homeless for seven years.
We write about liberty, reason, imagination, fair play, a generous and forgiving spirit, love of God, the rule of just law, representative government, books, gardens, music, art, sports, inventions. . .the most wonderful things in the world.
“Brits at their Best. A magnificent site, particularly the Liberty Timeline. . .”
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