September 7, 2020
Labor Day on the beach. The view is spectacular and the salty, cool breeze is invigorating. Here's a shot of last night's sunset.
"Our revolution was a 'conservative' revolution in the sense that they were fighting to preserve American colonial liberties that the British were abrogating after 1763. Wealthy people north and south supported the revolution as did the common folk. There was some nasty retribution in the south against loyalists but almost all loyalists moved to Canada or back to England when the war ended. Of course the winners did fight each other 75 years later in the Civil War. But, even our Civil War was a war to perfect the Union and live up to the equality promise of our revolutionary rhetoric—and then it still took another 100 years to legally insure that 'equality.' The American Revolution was the only truly successful Revolution—Russia, France, and Mexico all failed. And while we have huge disparities of wealth we also have an open and free society where anyone can prosper with hard work, smarts, and a little luck. We do not have a class based system. Even cutups from Kingman, Arizona and orphans from Frankfurt Germany can realize their dreams—and that, my boy, is why I am so in love with this country.