How does today’s patriotism compare with the first patriots?
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Independence Day celebrations are among the most tangible expressions of American pride. They take an invisible quality —patriotism— and make it visible and audible through fireworks, parades and concerts. But how does today’s patriotism compare with the first patriots?
Our founders also showed their patriotism through public displays. At times, they couldn’t contain their enthusiasm.
"People I am told, recognize the Resolution [of independence] as though it were a decree promulgated from Heaven," Samuel Adams wrote, adding, "Monarchy seems to be generally exploded."
Indeed, it was — literally. Before the ink dried on his gigantic signature, John Hancock sent a copy of the Declaration of Independence to George Washington, who ordered a public reading for his army camped in Manhattan. Inspired, many pulled down a statue of King George III, ignited a fire, melted his likeness and molded 42,000 musket balls. Their zeal thundered up the Hudson River and lit high heaven. (READ MORE)