As we celebrate the birth of our nation, we should remember how disaffection brought about by military occupation contributed to the coming of our own revolution. We should not be surprised if other people behave similarly.
On March 18, 1766, for the very first time America celebrated a political event together -- and they continued to do so for years afterwards. Together. As Americans -- celebrating a purely American national political holiday.
Just as social media is helping to ignite and organize the Arab Spring, printed newspapers fanned the flames of rebellion in colonial America, provided critical correspondence during the Revolutionary War.
Leaders on the far right have adopted the phrase American exceptionalism and use it in a jingoistic way to convince their base of the divine righteousness of their cause. The phrase should be reclaimed and brought back to its roots.
Why would John Adams defend British soldiers who killed American men in the Boston Massacre? It's a question that has taken on new poignancy with the recent controversy over the attacks by Elizabeth Cheney on the attorneys who defended some of the Guantanamo detainees.