Enjoy the day…But remember the reason we celebrate.
George F. Will – Independence Days – washingtonpost.com
Certain politically charged rhetorical tropes were then society’s common property. Writing shortly before his death, Jefferson affirmed his belief that “the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.” Those words were as stirring then as they had been when one of Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers declared from the scaffold, “I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.”
What de Bolla calls “the intricate history of the nation’s founding document” does not and should not inhibit Americans from asserting the truth that their nation originated on July 4, 1776. They hold that to be a self-evident truth, which means they have decided to believe it, thereby making it a self-validating tradition. So there.
Happy Fourth….Me, I’m for some Texas Barbecue…