July 12, 2013

I have to question The Post’s judgment in publishing Paul Pirie’s July 4 op-ed, “The American Revolution was a flop.” The decision to publish this on Independence Day was disrespectful to those who are proud of this great nation and to the men and women who serve in the military. Although Pirie has a compelling argument, the publication was ill-timed. I would expect better from the paper that serves our nation’s capital. 

Diane Murray, Arlington

Why would you print “The American Revolution was a flop” on July 4? Can’t we have one holiday where we celebrate all the positives of our country — period?This lifelong Post reader is very disappointed.

Kathleen Quinn, Washington

Regarding the July 4 editorial “Reflecting on the Declaration”: When speaking of “the obvious contradiction to the Declaration’s fine sentiments,”The Post did not note the virtual annihilation of Native American societies, cultures, lands and ways of life. Why do we do this so often? Slavery was abhorrent, but the South does not bear sole blame for the moral sins of this country. Manifest Destiny went into full motion following the Civil War. Gens. Sherman and Sheridan both served as effective and ruthless executors of national policy — one designed to maximize westward expansion and help all European Americans profit, not just the elite or wealthy or Southern. 

Presenting Gettysburg as penance for slavery follows Harvard historian Bernard Bailyn’s assertion that the slaughter of the original inhabitants — so necessary for the United States’ existence — has been conveniently “forgotten.” Moral sin by this country was never exclusively Southern.

Christopher C. Powell, Fairfax