What we love about America

July 3, 2006 at 9:03 am | Posted in Identity, political parties | Leave a comment

(Boston Globe) IT IS BETTER to be a half-formed and rough idea than a brilliant cliché. Such preference for the imperfect new defines America. As we celebrate the birth of our nation, can we put words on the reason we love it? Let me try.

Because Europeans measured what they found here against what they had left behind, newness was the main note of the settled land. In the beginning, religiously enflamed politics had made life intolerable in the old country, a story that achieved its master form with the coming to Virginia and Massachusetts of the English dissidents.

Read more at http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/07/03/what_we_love_about_america/


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