A Uniquely American Holiday

The following quote was published in The Economist Magazine on July 4, 1976:

The American Revolution

It has been 200 years since the Americans won their fortuitous victory on the east coast of the North American continent….The Americans, for all their capacity for good, have an equal capacity for self doubt. The greatest risk to the world is that the Americans will lay down their leadership responsibilities and the mantel of world leadership will fall into less sophisticated hands at a perilous time in History.

It has been over 40 years since The Economist made this statement, and still, it is true. Forty years ago, I was young and full of enthusiasm and looking forward to the future. Some things have changed….other things have not.

Our best to all on our holiday. Thanks to all who served in the armed forces of this country and to those who have sacrificed for this country. With best wishes to our friends in the United Kingdom.

I am always reminded on this day of a Churchill quote: “The Americans can always be counted upon to do the right thing….after they have tried everything else.” On we go.


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