Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4, 2017

So I have "Patriots" amongst my ancestors, including the brother of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and at least one, Isaac LaRue III, who, I suspect, was a "Loyalist" (having had land taken by the Continental Army and decamping to Kentucky).

 I admire the virtues of the founding fathers, among whom John Adams is my favorite, followed by Washington, but they were not perfect—while not thinking that I in good conscience could have forsworn my oath to the King.

I think people ought to rule themselves, but am aware that the Revolution did not benefit Native Americans in this respect at all—and then there's slavery, and its great expansion in the decades after the American Revolution.

I love my home, and these United States their land and people's, and I love all the good things we got from our British inheritance, but, like love for family, it's complicated. I pray, as is my duty, for these United States today, on this 191st anniversary of Independence.

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