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February 2021

The 1776 Report

Just finished The 1776 Report, released last month just before Trump left office.

Summary: America was founded on the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence, specifically that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All men are created equal. These principles are stated twenty or thirty times, apparently to counter the negativity of the 1619 Project.

The report is dry, or perhaps, scholarly, and not exciting reading. Too bad, because the founding of America was one of the most significant events in modern civilization. The report reads as though a number of essays were assembled to counteract a bunch of the prevailing attitudes and theories. I'm afraid the average citizen, though, will give up reading it after a few pages.

I guess the Report had to be done. I just wish some more imaginative writer had tackled it. This should probably be in your school's library, though I'm afraid it will mostly gather dust there.