A Key to the Republican Primaries

The Restoration of 1688 did not end the English Civil War. The Mayflower brought the Roundheads’ Puritan message to the New World where the war has continued ever since.

There is a straight line from The City on the Hill to America’s Manifest Destiny, from Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads to Rick Santorum’s Libertarians and from Charles I to his fellow-Cavalier Mitt Romney. It can even be argued that the American civil war was in some ways a replay of the English civil war, with the Cavaliers in the North fighting the Puritans in the South, the home of the Christian Right.

This is a crude version of Jeff Dvorkin’s illuminating interpretation of events. In his blog, Now the Details, he will refine them.


5 responses to “A Key to the Republican Primaries

  1. Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville remarked that:

    “As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?”

    Based on the fact that one fifth of the population of the American colonies were forced to flee, leaving their property and society, perhaps we should consider other motivations such as greed and lack of civil process.

    I think its a bit of a reach to site Cromwell versus Charles i in the mid 17th century with The American Civil War two hundred years later. The real reason is the cult of the self-serving individual coupled with political institutions that do not protect the week and the dissenters.

  2. The restoration was 1660, not 1688. That year was the “Glorious Revolution”. And Santorum is a Catholic not a Puritan. He is, as Bugs Bunny would say, a maroon, but Cromwell would have ha him drawn and quartered.

  3. Santorum is a puritan if not a Puritan. Was it Bierce’s definition that a puritan is someone deathly afraid that someone, somewhere, is having fun?

  4. Curmudgeon/Pedant

    Google thinks it was H. L. Mencken: “Puritanism – The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.”