Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!

A family tradition is to watch National Treasure on Independence Day. The film combines a fun treasure hunt, adventure, and respect for family, freedom, and history. My favorite line from it is the protagonist's speech about the risks that the Founding Fathers* took to establish this nation:

Ben Gates: A toast? Yeah. To high treason. That's what these men were committing when they signed the Declaration. Had we lost the war, they would have been hanged, beheaded, drawn and quartered, and-Oh! Oh, my personal favorite-and had their entrails cut out and *burned*! So... Here's to the men who did what was considered wrong, in order to do what they knew was right...what they knew was right.

* They were men, so I'll call them "Founding Fathers." The word "Founders" calls up images of ships going down at sea and introduces ambivalence towards the brave patriots of 1776.

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