The American Revolution began on this day 245 years ago.
The great gift to the world of this revolution is a profound commitment to freedom.
As Walt Whitman put it: “What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior?”
Whitman’s vision was was not of a totally anarchic freedom but of a Mighty Union: he believed that shallow people “consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise see in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.”
To this very day the British culture, which the American revolution rejected, has in it a cringing fear of dictatorial authority which America cannot stomache.
Neither can I.
When Boris Johnson called on his people to embrace Herd Immunity, he was shouted down and he then retreated.
Donald Trump is supporting his people in calling for the freedom, which fear is attacking, to be restored.
God Bless America.
And freedom from fear.
Geoff Fox, 19th April, 2020, Terra Nullius