Thoughts on Bastille Day

It’s hard not to discuss politics on Bastille Day, but I will try to resist the urge. So today let’s just celebrate liberty, equality and fraternity.

I realize that these principles are, as Hamlet said, more honored in the breach than in the observance. Yet they are noble principles nonetheless.

Which is why I am glad that I live in a country where we accept somebody as an equal even if he comes from an immigrant family. Even if his grandfather got here by sneaking out of Germany to evade military service, then ran brothels here in the U.S. and was later banned permanently from his birth country for being a draft dodger.

I imagine a guy from that sort of family would be very ashamed of his dodgy immigrant heritage. Oh well, I guess he can always just go back to where he came from. :-)

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