Happy 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July. Independence Day.

A few of my fellow bloggers have marked the occasion of our country’s birth in their own distinct ways. Ian W. Hill listened to X and The Beach Boys, and encouraged everyone to read the documents that gave rise to this great nation of ours. Garrett Eisler regaled us with video clips from two very American musicals: 1776 and Assassins.

I thought I’d jump into the fray with a little Americana of my own: a quote from one of director Frank Capra‘s most famous films, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, written by Lewis R. Foster and Sidney Buchman, and starring film critic Andrew Sarris‘ pick for the greatest film actor of the sound era, James Stewart (pictured above). Take a read…

“You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading The Land of the Free in history books. Then they get to be men and they forget even more. Liberty’s too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I’m free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn’t, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that.”

Happy 4th of July, everyone. Let the fireworks begin.

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