Thursday, August 25, 2005

If you think this is bad, you should have seen ...

  • The Battle of Brooklyn
  • Valley Forge
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • The American Civil War

This list, of course, is for those who don't like what they see in Iraq as a new constitution is written. Opinion Journal's "Review and Outlook" has a nice summary today of what's going on and what we can make of it. What we can make of it is, overall, optimistic.

If democracy were easy, it wouldn't be so necessary. It certainly wasn't easy in this country.

As another reminder on this point, SWNID recommends to all what was a most enjoyable part of our summer reading, David McCullough's 1776. The book is a sober narration of the events of that fateful year for the Continental Army and its general, George Washington. It takes little rhetorical embellishment to highlight the character, courage, creativity and commitment of those revolutionary leaders. And while McCullough doesn't go to preaching about the present, the sermon isn't hard to imagine.

Apologies, gentle readers, for the alliteration in the preceding paragraph. Honestly, it was an accident.

McCullough is a national treasure. The President should invent a new award and give it to him.

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