Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Celebrating the 4th

Today is a good day to read or reread Jefferson's last letter.

It’s also a good day to reflect on how fortunate we were in the revolutionaries we had when the crisis broke: Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and John Adams, to name only my personal favorites. John Adams never got to be on Mount Rushmore, but his courage and decency in defending the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre was profoundly admirable. What other country that sought independence or a new order was as fortunate? India had Gandhi, but didn’t have the same bench strength.

And on how fortunate we were in our adversary. We fought against Great Britain, but for the most part we fought against honorable men who shared the same ideals of liberty that we did.


Shay said...

Will, thanks for this link. I've been a huge fan of Jefferson ever since I visited Monticello as a kid!


Steve Muhlberger said...

India has done quite all right. Compare to China or Russia in the 20th century. Where are the tens of millions of corpses? (Actually I don't miss them at all.)

Pakistan, OTOH...