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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 08:44 AM

5. Yes, ours from before WWII also. What they saw and lived through!

I was speaking with one unforgettable person last spring who survived WWII in Europe. She married an American soldier who brought her out and to her new home. I met her as she was finally closing the knitting shop she'd opened decades ago, sharp and healthy, wearing an exquisite pink suit she'd knitted herself.

In 2019 she was a passionate, committed, and very positive patriot of America and democracy of the best sort. An open minded liberal with no delusions at all, just one hell of a long set of memories and grim and good comparisons that made Churchill's declaration live strong for her still in her mid 90s. She was a big admirer of the America that had developed under it also and believed with its principles we'd bring ourselves through this bad era. Not the first one she's seen.

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others." Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 11 November 1947, quoting an unknown predecessor.

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