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I read somewhere that America is not a country, it's an idea, that a free people can govern themselves to better effect than rulers or elites or bureaucrats, tyrants and cabals.
Sometimes I wonder (knowing that I am a benevolent despot) if we wouldn't be better off with a revolution* or two but as long as more folks are trying to get in than get out, I'll bow to the will of the people.
This being the Memorial Day weekend:
"To see men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lie upon, without shoes ... without a house or hut to cover them until those could be built, and submitting without a murmur, is a proof of patience and obedience which, in my opinion, can scarcely be paralleled."
-George Washington at Valley Forge,
April 21, 1778
W. Eugene Smith's iconic photo of Amy soldier
Angelo Klonis, cigarette clenched between his
lips, illustrates the cover of LIFE book, World War II
Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Every now and then it's good to count your blessings.
*Or crank up "Revolution".
Be safe out there, we'll be back next week.