Quote of the Day From Our Former Colonial Overlords

by Jonah Goldberg

Our friends at the Centre for Policy Studies offer this as the Quote of the Day:

The men who raised that standard believed that they were fighting for their freedoms as Britons – freedoms which had been trampled by a Hanoverian king and his hirelings. When they called themselves Patriots – a word that had been common currency among Whigs on both sides of the Atlantic long before anyone dreamed of a separation – they meant that they were British patriots, cherishing the peculiar liberties that had come down to them since Magna Carta: jury trials, free contract, property rights, habeas corpus, parliamentary representation, liberty of conscience and the common law.

It’s from this wonderful essay by Daniel Hannan.