It's Charlie Pierce . . . with about the best thing one could possibly read about this nation's birth holiday. An excerpt . . .
As we come up to the 239th celebration of the independence for which Ms. Warren so brilliantly agitated, we do so at a strange time. Vague warnings about a terrorist threat are all over the airwaves. Once again, we are told to be vigilant and terrified, but to go on with our lives. Elsewhere, a healthy debate has opened up over the ultimate meaning of patriotism, and what symbols we will accept as its national expression. As to the first, it must be repeated again and again that, as Edward R. Murrow said when he stepped up against Joseph McCarthy:
We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men -- not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.
Not from fearful women, either, as Mrs. Warren undoubtedly would have reminded him.
Happy Independence Day.