Chrissy and I are better Americans, personally, probably for having digested the 8+ hour HBO Miniseries John Adams. To be immersed in the rich language, sweet passion for country, rich honor, deep integrity, blood-earnestness were sobering and convicting.
John Adams is probably less of a hero now, having learned more of him. As an American and a President, he was a bulwark. As a father, he was too absent to be effective. Would America be less American today if he hadn’t, essentially, forsaken his children during their youth?
Perhaps McCullough left out a warm religious fervor and fatherly affection that were indeed present that would endear me again. Have you seen the series, and what were your thoughts?
“No, Posterity, you will never know how much it cost us to preserve your freedom. I hope that you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”