July 4, 2016…
Start with some history, please, about how Ben Franklin’s creation of the Post Office brought the colonies together. He also showed how to make a government-run enterprise efficient and profitable, something our modern postal service could certainly use. This is how a British newspaper explains the American tradition. It knows more about it than many Americans do, but not as much as Jackie Gingrich Cushman does.
Debby Witt at The Corner has provided her usual collection of interesting links for the occasion. Since only 52% of us claim to being extremely proud to be Americans, we could obviously use a pep talk. I think Jay Nordlinger’s podcast of music might help — it surely lifted my spirits while I was cooking. Perhaps it would help these towns as well, not to mention the grumpy columnist who wants “God Bless America” not to be played during the seventh-inning stretch of Major League baseball games. Judi McLeod has a far finer idea with regard to the song. Of course, there are the now customary thefts of flags and assorted acts of vandalism, though some people are fighting back.
America is already great, but a return of the fighting spirit of the Founders would be helpful. Here’s hoping the new age of political correctness doesn’t imperil our safety this year. Resolve to add some principle to your pageantry for this year’s celebration, and use Frank Miele’s old column to remind yourself why tyranny must be resisted, no matter its source, foreign or domestic. Perhaps this view from an American celebrating abroad will help.