Each year on this date I try to find an image that captures America in a nutshell (here are the ones from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008). This year it was easy: The most patriotic act we can engage in right now — the best way to help secure the literal health of our nation — is to mask up, as NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is doing in the photo above. That’s because we’re all in this together. Or as someone once said, e pluribus unum.
Obviously, Independence Day feels different this year, but please accept my best wishes for a happy holiday all the same. I’ll be busy today, but the comments are open, so feel free to chat among yourselves. If you have a few minutes, I heartily recommend reading the Declaration of Independence, whose ratification is what we’re celebrating today. (Here’s a typeset version, in case you can’t decipher the handwriting.)
And remember, if you’re spending the day in the company of a Britisher — which I guess is less likely this year — kindly pass along my annual Independence Day rallying cry: In your face, Redcoats! — Paul