Happy Independence Day to my American readers and friends.
If I had been around in those days I would most likely have been a Loyalist and emigrated to Canada (see my recent post on monarchy), but we've long since buried that hatchet, haven't we? Fighting side by side through two world wars and numerous lesser conflicts has sealed the bonds of friendship in blood. And there is much to admire and learn from in the American character and ethos, past and present. For all the criticism the US garners, some of it no doubt justified, at its best it remains a beacon of light and hope in this world. So, enjoy your holiday my friends and celebrate your highest ideals! (Yes, I know this post is dated 5th July, but we are c. 3/4 day ahead of the US, where 4th July celebrations should be in full swing)
The following article from the WSJ provides some historical background to the Revolutionary War:
"Almost every American knows the traditional story of July Fourth—the soaring idealism of the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress's grim pledge to defy the world's most powerful nation with their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. But what else about revolutionary America might help us feel closer to those founders in their tricornered hats, fancy waistcoats and tight knee-breeches?Those Americans, it turns out, had the highest per capita income in the civilized world of their time. They also paid the lowest taxes—and they were determined to keep it that way." Read it all here.