There Is Life after Default

My father was a historian, and he helped organize local events to commemorate the bicentennials of the Declaration of Independence in 1976 and Constitution in 1987. I particularly remember the Freedom Train, a traveling exhibit housing memorabilia such as original copies of the Declaration, the Constitution, the Louisiana Purchase document, and (I learn from Wikipedia, though I don’t remember these) Judy Garland’s dress from The Wizard of Oz and Joe Frazier’s boxing trunks.

Several years later, my dad gave a conference paper (unfortunately unpublished) entitled “The Constitution as Myth and Symbol.” He noted that for many Americans the founding documents, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, images of George Washington and Betsy Ross, etc., play the same kind of role as Britain’s crown jewels, the Bastille, or Lenin’s tomb. Peter G. Klein – Mises Daily