As for the Africans, they arrived in 1620 in slave ships, and were not freed for 145 years. Then they were segregated for 100 years. There was no coming together of African, Indian and European civilizations. The African slaves were uprooted from their civilization and had to became part of ours.
Jamestown was no coming together of civilizations, but the opening of a war of imperial conquest by self-confident Christians who defeated and destroyed the pagan Indian tribes, drove them westward, repopulated their lands, and imposed their own faith and laws.
When we came, the Indians had the land. We took it.
Backing away from her statements of half a century ago, the queen politely conceded, "With the benefit of hindsight, we can see in that event (Jamestown) the origins of a singular endeavor -- the building of a great nation, founded on the eternal values of democracy and equality."
That a great nation arose from Jamestown is undeniable.
But, again, what is this nice lady talking about? The American Revolution was not fought for equality or democracy, but to be rid of British rule. Four of America's first five presidents -- Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe -- were Virginia planters and slaveholders.
Before the Civil War, 250 years after Jamestown, almost no American, and certainly not Abraham Lincoln, believed in social or political equality for Africans. Jefferson had said a "natural aristocracy" of talent and virtue should rule.
And when we see what democracy and equality have produced in political leadership -- Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton and George W. -- did not Jefferson have a point?
In his farewell address, Ronald Reagan warned, "We've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's important. ... If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I'm warning of an eradication ... of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit."
The founding of this country does not conform to the dogmas of the present. But we had best discover why it was our forefathers, who created this country, rejected, totus porcus, the nonsense we spout today about egalitarianism and globaloney.
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