Thursday, July 05, 2012


freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others

Under our roof, first we celebrate 'Judicial Independence Day' (June 12) marking the promulgation of one small article ["quamdiu se bene gesserint"] within the otherwise execrable, anti-Catholic Act of Settlement of 1701;

Then on July 1st we celebrate Canada (formerly 'Dominion') Day, commemorating the establishment of the Dominion of Canada under the British North America Act of the British Parliament in 1867.

And then, wheresoe'er we may be, we remember the 4th of July, American Independence Day, this year the 236th anniversary of the founding of the Great Experiment which is the United States of America -- the place that, for all its faults and streaks of crassness, is still the first and last and best bastion of real freedom for the mind and the ambition and the wandering feet of its citizens.

Apparently it can look like this in New York City:

'Round here in Newfoundland, it looked like this.  The locals don't mind -- they're friendlier than most Canadians toward the country many of them would have preferred to join in 1949.  Nice to have friends.

Let freedom ring.