The Universal History and Significance of the American Revolution
The following are the opening remarks delivered by Dennis Speed at the LaRouche PAC National Meeting held on July 4, 2020.
Narrator: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed....”
Dennis Speed: I’m Dennis Speed. On behalf of the LaRouche Political Action Committee, we want to wish all Americans, of all nations everywhere, a happy and revolutionary Fourth of July. We are now only six years away from the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States in 1776. What is the state of our nation on this July 4? In what state will Americans, will the world find the United States in 2026? Will America prosper, or perish?
The first American Presidency of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton was the implementation of the economic policies of the American Revolution, a revolution that had been prepared for sixty years by Benjamin Franklin from the time he first set foot in Philadelphia in 1722. Hamilton’s Reports, on Manufactures, on the Creation of a National Bank, on the Public Credit, and on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, declared a set of principles by means of which America would establish for all of its citizens, a set of internal improvements, such as the Erie Canal, that would make America the most productive nation in history. Slavery would be eradicated through what Hamilton called “artificial labor”—the application of scientific breakthroughs to mass forms of production and manufactures, walking away from the systems of slavery constantly re-imposed on the British colonies in America by the mother country, despite revolts and legislation against slavery, from the 1670s on.
Today, that revolutionary institution known as the American Presidency is under seditious assault. President Donald Trump, since the second day of his coming into office, in 2017, has faced a web of intelligence agencies increasingly operating from private corporations, who have little to do with the constitutional government of the United States. These agencies, in various guises, including the infamous Russiagate affair, or in the ongoing, increasingly racialist campaign against China, also operate from the street level to attack the very cultural memory of the United States. Now, however, that a deadly pandemic threatens the world, President Trump, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and President Xi Jinping of China, together with other heads of state, must act without the interference of private banking interests, or corrupted military and financial principalities and powers, to save civilization itself from sliding into a dark age, as almost happened only 75 years ago, as President Putin has recently warned in a very important article.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently proposed that Britain revisit the ideas, actions and leadership of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He said “This is the moment for a Rooseveltian approach to the U.K. The country has gone through a profound shock. But in those moments, you have the opportunity to change, and to do things better.” Presidents Xi and Putin have both, often, spoken of their admiration for FDR. Boris Johnson has spoken about a massive public works program. And President Trump has also spoken often about trillions of dollars to be so deployed in the United States, and has even, though not recently, spoken of reinstating Roosevelt’s 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, as a necessary precondition and first step for the success of a coordinated worldwide recovery. Would Boris Johnson be surprised to know, that Roosevelt was implementing his own 1930s version of Alexander Hamilton’s revolution against the British free trade and slave trade policy? No matter. As he said, in these moments, you have the opportunity to change. And this would not be the “financial regime change” called for by former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney in a declaration of war against the United States, last year, and a declaration also against the Trump Presidency. It would also not be the Green New Deal called for by the wacky Joe Biden and even wackier weirdos of the Democratic Party, which turned its back on FDR 50 years ago.
The idea that the American Revolution was merely a reaction to unjust taxation, or that it was a self-serving revolt by slave-owning landholders against the egregious though perhaps understandable demands of the mother country for more tribute to be extracted from the colonies, the idea of this is pathetic, irresponsible, and unforgivable. The American Revolution was a battle of ideas, ideas in science, in philosophy and in culture. In particular, it was a battle against the idea of servitude, ranging from chattel slavery and caste systems, to indentured servitude, to the obscenity of royal titles and rankings, all based upon an externally imposed so-called natural order of predestined, or acquired hierarchy.