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July 30, 2014

William Wilberforce

Filed under: Border Security,Congress and HLS,Immigration — by Philip J. Palin on July 30, 2014

On this day in 1833 William Wilberforce died.  On August 1, 1833 slavery became illegal in the British Empire. Passage of this law had been a decades-long goal of Wilberforce.

Wilberforce was a religious man and an effective politician.  Abolition of slavery was only one of his many parliamentary and social causes.  Most of which he practically advanced.

This week several steps are being taken to potentially amend the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Wilberforce Act).  Several have pointed to this law as the cause of the surge of children presenting at the US border.   It is seldom so simple.

The life of Wilberforce demonstrates the potential of law — and law-makers — to advance the boundaries of human justice.  Ethical, economic, and political complications also challenged Wilberforce.  But his life in politics is a model for the practical, patient, persistent — courageous and insistent — application of legislative give-and-take.  He always tried to elicit the best from his allies and adversaries, saying, “Be happy, and your joyful work will prosper well.”

Given our current challenges at the border and elsewhere, another Wilberforce quote seems especially relevant: “You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say you did not know.”

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11 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 30, 2014 @ 7:52 am

The great tragedy of course is slavery, and in particular wage slavery still exists. Almost worldwide.

Comment by E. Earhart

July 30, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

Lest not forget Thomas Clarkson.

In 1785, having no knowledge of the slave trade, he entered an essay contest, “Is it lawful to enslave the unconsenting?” In winning the contest, he chose not to look the other way.

Mr. Clarkson made the issue his life’s work for over 60 years. Without his body of work as a champion of this cause, much of which Mr. Wilberforce used in Parliament, the effort may not have succeeded. Clarkson and Wilberforce, a dynamic duo to be sure.

Comment by America: Past, Present and Future

July 30, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

Frederick Douglass stated in 1852:

I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the Constitution and the Bible which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery-the great sin and shame of America! “I will not equivocate, I will not excuse”; I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, shall not confess to be right and just….

For the present, it is enough to affirm the equal manhood of the Negro race. Is it not as astonishing that, while we are plowing, planting, and reaping, using all kinds of mechanical tools, erecting houses, constructing bridges, building ships, working in metals of brass, iron, copper, and secretaries, having among us lawyers doctors, ministers, poets, authors, editors, orators, and teachers; and that, while we are engaged in all manner of enterprises common to other men, digging gold in California, capturing the whale in the Pacific, feeding sheep and cattle on the hillside, living, moving, acting, thinking, planning, living in families as husbands, wives, and children, and above all, confessing and worshiping the Christian’s God, and looking hopefully for life and immortality beyond the grave, we are called upon to prove that we are men!…

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 30, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

As I shall not be a slave I shall not be a master unless of course I am a bankster or hedge fund manager! Or corporate CEO!

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 30, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

Wall Street has sucked dry the rural America where I live.

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 30, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

Interesting that Karl Marx, David Hume, and Adam Smith wrote that greed was the principal weakness of capitalism!

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 30, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

Why do “public” utilities exist?

Did you know Germans own most of the private water supply systems in the USA? And are often behind privatization efforts in the USA?

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 30, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

Until the onset of WWI MERCHANTILISM dominated economic thought about international trade, including slavery.

Now CAPITALISM dominates economic thought Globally even as the USA participates in a ZOMBIE world created by WWI.

And a reminder in Paris 1919 the Great Powers all opposed an independent Ukraine but few in the US or elsewhere understand why. And Syria and Iraq created by line drawing after WWI.

The ROOT OF ALL EVIL = WWI!

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 30, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

SS21 now being employed by the Ukraine!

Don’t give children dangerous toys.

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 30, 2014 @ 10:23 pm

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

SS-21 refers to:
OTR-21 Tochka, a Russian short-range ballistic missile with the NATO designation “SS-21 Scarab

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 31, 2014 @ 7:15 am

Russian Federation forces shot down four SS-21s!

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