June 02, 2016

Today in History: British Parliament passes Quartering Act, 4th of the Intolerable Acts (1774)

John RobsonResident Historian

On June 2, in 1774, the British Parliament passed the Quartering Act, 4th of the Intolerable Acts. But it wasn’t attacking American liberty. It was attacking British liberty in the colonies. 

There had been a long struggle in England against the Stuarts’ efforts to create a standing army answerable to the executive instead of relying on an armed citizen militia, to the point that it’s expressly mentioned in the 1689 Bill of Rights.

Armed citizens distrusting a state trying to gather up the weapons isn’t some American neurosis. It’s part of the long struggle for liberty under law on which Canada too was founded, and the subject of our Right to Arms documentary.

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commented 2016-06-03 18:50:02 -0400
You make a lot of good points
My great grandparents left Ireland to better themselves in Sheffield in mid 1880 s and then to Canada in early 1900 s and have side way relatives all over the commonwealth
What would those nations have been like if were colonized by less civilized powers
commented 2016-06-03 12:24:05 -0400
While interesting, I get a little annoyed at RM’s take on so-called American Liberty. This is not just because I am the descendent of Empire Loyalists but because I understand history. Apart from what some extremely wealthy and famous Colonists dribbled on some paper there is very little about American history that represents “Liberty”. While I know the average American believes in Liberty and Justice and have made sacrifices to spread such righteous thinking, they are still controlled by the same wealthy protagonists. Their goal was not Liberty but power and wealth. In essence, no different than anyone else. This leads me to the stupid comments made by Paul Wood. So what! History is mainly a progression of the same human stupidity repeated under different labels. HOWEVER there was NEVER a more free and progressive nation in human history than Great Britain. Taking into account the progression of human stupidity, GB did pretty good. That LAST nation I would include in a struggle for Liberty is the United States. For one, there WAS NO struggle for Liberty. That was a front used by wealthy and influential Colonists to brush off the mother country for their own greed and fame. Absolutely NOTHING changed in the Colonies after their back stabbing revolution. The Colonies had no navy so it was the Royal Navy that protected THEM from the ambitions of the French. The entire BS situation started when Parliament wanted them to pay their FAIR SHARE of the costs. Taxation without representation WAS A JOKE. Why the hell should a poor man in England pay for the protection of a Colony thousands of miles away. The real kick in the ass came when the revolutionaries approached the VERY SAME enemy they were paying taxes to be protected against. In my book that is a TRAITOR. The real kick in the ass came when taxes and representation and so-called liberty etc. etc. did not change after their mother country was ousted. Taxes still grew and the wealthy got wealthier and CERTAIN people got more powerful and while there was a movement to free slaves in Britain the US would not even desegregate until almost 170 years later. The proof of the true goal of the US is in their own domestic disasters that reflect on their complete inability to live together. The Civil War is still a contentious issue and it grew out of their so called independence movement. Gullible Americans still think THEY defeated the British in both the revolution and War of 1812.

While not perfect and having their own issues with greed and power, without the British the world would not have survived to this day. One thing the Paul has to remember is that the Irish not stopped pandering to the enemies of Britain. From the Spanish to the French right up to Adolph Hitler. They sowed their own lot against Britain. The Catholics were an example of the anti-Christ at that time. There was very little, if anything, Christian about them. The Catholic Church was as corrupt and power hungry as any King or Parliament. It has always mystified me how anyone who believes in Jesus Christ can in anyway justify violence against someone else who believes in Jesus Christ. It makes no sense what-so-ever and that goes for ALL denominations. The word of God is the word of God and it is about time people read it and forget about denominational nonsense. That is from Satan. The pathetic picture of a Protestant priest and a Catholic Priest going at it has been parodied by atheists and secular yabos over and over again. So there is no defense of any of this behaviour and its about time that the Irish ( I being part one myself and First Nations) get over it.

If one really studies US history, everything they have done has been for power NOT liberty. They use underhanded and greasy means to achieve this. For example, after WW2 they promised the Philippines independence in order to appease the people and primarily to make the British and French look bad. While they were honest about their desire to reinstate their pre-war colonies, Roosevelt gave the Philippines independence in name only. The US still controlled the resources of the country and essentially the government while also maintaining military bases there. Roosevelt’s desire to get the US foot in the door of Indo-China resulted in their support of the Viet Minh. All this while totally ignoring the threat of Communism. Truman then switches the US position on the Viet Minh and hands China over to the Communists. This is but one example of a never ending idiotic foreign policy by the DEMOCRATIC party. The DEMOCRATS could not have done a better job messing up the world if it was openly their policy to do so. From Eastern Europe to China to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, Israel, South Africa, Cuba, South America etc. etc. and so on right up until Bill Clintons handling of Bin Laden BEFORE 9/11, Somalia and the his murder of US Ranger and SO there and his and the UN’s tail between the legs pulling out of Iraq which led to the speculation of WMD which actually DID and still DO exist. It all depends on your definition of WMD. This was only revealed recently when ISIS was closing in on Bagdad. The story was soon erased.

Anyway there is no perfect nation however without the British ( who the US countered every chance they got with their extreme impatience and stupidity ) the world would have been a never ending cess pool beginning long, long ago.

Also, before you go into Britain and India, please read about the state of India under the Indians and how they treated each other!!!! If anything the British brought the Indian people together. Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist etc. working side by side and largely friends. You have to remember when Britain CONQUERED these nations – everyone was doing it. It was no different than American expansionism WEST and SOUTH and the War with Spain, taking of Hawaii from the Hawaiians etc. etc.

In fact in my strongest opinion it is the colonies of Britain that have come out on top BECAUSE of Britain. The likes of Canada, New Zealand, Australia. To me, while again everyone has their historic issues, the freest nations on earth. I think we far surpass the US. However I am sure Trudeau will do all in his Socio-Communist Totalitarian power to change that.
commented 2016-06-02 23:35:29 -0400
@henry Reardon……and there are those who remembered their billoted guests as being charming and likeable companions…….

In the long run….these things are remembered on principal and…..policy is the best honesty
commented 2016-06-02 18:18:20 -0400
A small footnote to the Professor’s remarks. The Quartering Acts were the inspiration of the Third Amendment to the US Constitution. Here’s a very brief blurb on the Third Amendment from Wikipedia:

Third Amendment
Main article: Third Amendment to the United States Constitution No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.79

The Third Amendment restricts the quartering of soldiers in private homes, in response to Quartering Acts passed by the British parliament during the Revolutionary War. The amendment is one of the least controversial of the Constitution, and, as of 2016, has never been the primary basis of a Supreme Court decision.909192
commented 2016-06-02 17:57:14 -0400
Time for a rise of Magna Cartists, perhaps?
commented 2016-06-02 17:52:09 -0400
Not much has changed for Canada. We had George III and now Trudeau II as tyrants threading our wellbeing and sovereignty as a nation.
commented 2016-06-02 17:29:06 -0400
And today in Canada we have a government intent on disarming the citizens aided by a legal system that prosecutes self defence instead of the criminal action leading to the self defence. Topping that is the constitution imposed by Papa Doc Trudeau that excluded property rights, so the government can quarter anyone anywhere. A good recipe leading to our loss of freedom.
commented 2016-06-02 17:05:57 -0400
And then there’s Obama try to , and is all ready starting to nationalize police forces across America
The pm INCDOOGE imam will take note

Interesting one professor
commented 2016-06-02 16:49:56 -0400
heheh , not the ‘quartering’ i thought he was going to alude to.. but am glad the word came up!.. should have listened first!
Thanks again, Ezra, for being a man! yup, you’ve got guts, courage, and faith. To me, that’s what a man has and is. .. no feminist! heheheh embarassing!…
I’m often shocked yet flattered at, you as Jewish and me as Catholic, how very similarly we think, and view matters. Lol, my Irish grandfather used to say, “when a rabbi preaches, there’s no difference between him and a Catholic priest”.. I know what he meant! Thanks for your guts!, Ezra. You’re all we’ve got! STay strong!, and let us help you!
commented 2016-06-02 16:42:15 -0400
So glad you recalled this Act! Very few are familiar with British cruelty. Check out the penal laws in Ireland! Check out British social Darwinism in Namibia, or the British starvations in India last century. How did Britain get so rich in the first place?.. Henry, Cranmer, Cromwell, and the boys looted the Catholic Church, murdered hundreds of thousands of Catholics.. hanged , drawn and quartered. The British have always been good at hiding their dirty deeds. Look at that country now! Fallen!… it comes home to roost, eventually!