Happy Day to You, too, Free People of the Earth


As you’ve by now heard, today is the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. In the last week or so, I’ve read– or more honestly, skimmed– a number of articles on Magna Carta. But when today did come, I was curious about the calendar aspects of the date. I don’t think I’ve seen any discussion about the date vis-a-vis the various calendars in operation at the general time of that meeting in the meadow. Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?


In my casual reading of the scholarly work published this week on the Great Charter, I read the word, “myth” more than once.

Why are myths of this sort bad? I know that George Washington really didn’t say, “I cannot tell a lie,” although he might have. And I certainly do not care for ‘Honest Abe.’ But knowing those fellows from an early age connected me to my country’s past. And then I learned more. And then I learned to really really hate Alexander Hamilton. Bastard.


Anyway– today we celebrate Freedom.


It’s been a bumpy road– and I think it could have been traversed with less loss of life if folks could have seen into the future– but I like to think we are still headed in the right direction.


What a Life, huh?

I feel sorry for people who are not paying attention.

2 Responses

  1. I thought the Magna Carta anniversary day was the 14th, not the 15th. Which I thought was really cool since it was also Flag Day.

    I always remember Flag Day, because once while I was heavily involved in Scouting, I arranged a Flag Day parade. It went well…but you have no idea the feeling of “Suppose you have a parade and nobody comes!”

    So…now I’m going to remember to celebrate both Flag Day, and the contributions of Magna Carta that made Flag Day possible!

  2. Yea! I forgot about Flag Day. (Spending too much time outside and then inside trying to cool off.)

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