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Pulling off an American miracle

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Posted: July 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Newhall resident Carroll Greenfield at 5 years old.

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It’s a miracle. We have all heard people say that when referring to events that had very unexpected outcomes.

In most cases, there was actually a reasonable explanation for the event that did not include intervention by the Almighty.

Not so for the amazing events that occurred 240 years ago.

Any realistic re-examination of the facts makes it difficult to come to any other conclusion than that there was a Divine hand at work.

By reason and logic, the well-seasoned and very experienced British Redcoats should have easily won the battles against the colonists’ rag-tag militia that was mostly untrained and ill equipped.

The events that led to the separation from Britain were almost bizarre.

The problem was taxation. The colonists objected, not to the amount of tax but to being taxed without having a seat in Parliament: “No taxation without representation.”

Some simple diplomacy along with reasonable negotiations should have easily avoided most of what subsequently occurred.

The colonists, for the most part, were loyal to the king and considered themselves British subjects. Looking back it is like watching a snowball rolling downhill; once it had started, it seemed to be unstoppable.

King George III was quite a popular king, and by the time of the revolution, he ruled as a Constitutional Monarch, which meant that it was parliament that made the decisions. The King merely supported his ministers even when he had misgivings of the eventual outcome.

When John Adams was appointed American Minister to London in 1785, King George had become resigned to the new relationship between his country and the former colonies.

He told Adams, “I was the last to consent to the separation; but the separation having been made and having become inevitable, I have always said, as I say now, that I would be the first to meet the friendship of the United States as an independent power.”

Those in brief are the details of what preceded the eventual separation, but that is in the past.

What does that mean to me today?

I think it is difficult for people who were born here to understand how most of us who came here from other countries feel about America.

We know the countries we left and what they stood for. Although we may love our memories of that other place — the food, the beaches, the buildings, the friends and family — we love our adopted country even more.

Independence is such an American word. You just have to hear the word “independence” and you assume someone is talking about America.

I pray my thanks to the Divine hand that brought about this miracle and will remain forever grateful for the life and opportunities given to a young lad who once had great misgivings about any kind of meaningful future.

Perhaps another immigrant, Irving Berlin, said it best in his song “God Bless America.”

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