I was pondering our nation's birthday today. I had been explaining to Youngest Daughter (age 5 1/2) what it means to say that July 4 is America's birthday, a locution she likes a lot. And as happens to a lot of conservatives, I found myself forced to admit in the privacy of my own mind that the forefathers' grievances against George III were pretty minor compared to, well, our own present grievances against the present regime. For the life of me I couldn't make the story of the Declaration come out as a good guy/bad guy story. So I'm afraid it was a bit boring. ("You see, the colonists really didn't like some of the things the English had been doing. Taxes and so on that they were being made to pay. And so they decided that they would be a country of their own and govern themselves instead of being English colonies." Borrring. Fortunately Y.D. likes acquiring information, so she wasn't too bored.)
Others more erudite than I can make a plausible case--compounded of things like Thomas Jefferson's highly unfortunate admiration for the French Revolution, for example--that there was nothing terribly conservative about the American Revolution, the legitimacy of Burkean distinctions notwithstanding.
Be that as it may, it does a soul good to try to imagine where we'd be if it hadn't been for the American Revolution. Of course, ceteris never is paribus. Who knows--the entire world might have been governed by Spain and France for a while, followed by a Muslim takeover. Alternative histories are fun to write but rarely very well-supported. But this much I think is clear: America's present relative friendliness to values Christian conservatives hold dear is in no small part a function of America's independence from European control. From hate speech laws to difficulties with home schooling to outright decadence, America has a lot to be proud of in the way of her divergence from European norms.
So it is a providential irony that what may have begun as something hot-headed and anti-conservative has, in the end, delayed the action of the virus of post-Christian evil that is taking over the world at large. Here in America we may hope to preserve the greatness of the West for longer than it will be preserved elsewhere. We may hope to do this because we still retain some degree of national sovereignty and distinctiveness. And as a great man once said, "For my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task...if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward[.]"
God bless America!