Our 248th Birthday

July 4

“I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a CONGRESS!”
― Peter Stone, 1776

Celebrating the Fourth of July is year, Doug and I  enjoyed a super quiet day — grateful for AC and Turner Classic Movies.  

Hooray for 1776! Love the music — and the history.   Upon which, over the past four years, several authors confirmed and expanded my understanding of how we got our independance:

  • David McCullough’s books on 1776 and John Adams; 
  • Alexis Coe: You Never Forget Your First —A Biography of George Washington 
  • Louisa Thomas: Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams; 
  • Annette Gordon-Reid:“Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination;
  • Jill LaPore: Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin; These Truths-A History of America.*

What’s Next

We are four months out from the Presidential election.

July 4

 What would those men who gathered in Philly July 4 1776  have made of how we  are behaving today?

Reading history is important in interpreting what is going on today, Doug says — it shows us patterns that make us alert to dangers and opportunities in today’s environment.

Since 1952, I have been aware of the Presidential elections  — no kidding. 

What’s more, our first grade class at Stoneleigh Elementary school watched a portion of the President Eisenhower’s Inauguration on TV in the school library. 

Nominating Presidential candidates back in the ’50’s, even in 1960, was quite a show. My parents watched both the Democrats and Republicans’ conventions—some of which I watched too— even as a little kid. 

I know of nothing happening back then that is comparable  to what’s been happening this year.

Never, ever  could I have predicted what is going on with Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump! 

Today on our blessed nation’s birthday — watching 1776 — then The Music Man and Yankee Doodle Dandy — we deliberately tuned out the current political fireworks.  

These old movies refreshed us — they  were like old friends reminding us of happier national achievements.  It really felt like we’d been to a celebration.

Staying the Course

Lord willing,  we will get back to the real world of trying to be informed and good citizens in times that are uncertain.   

 A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, first inaugural address, 20 January 1953**

 


  ** Surviving a Hot Time in Big-D 

PS:

Watching 1776  along with Ken Burns’ The Civil War are good vitamin/antidotes in the Presidential election cycles 

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