The Washington Post’s offering on the Fourth, which is three days away from Canada Day, is an essay by Paul Pirie declaring “The American Revolution was a Flop.” Pirie is, the byline says, “a former historian” in Ontario. As far as the “pursuit of happiness” goes, he says, Americans are unlikely to find it, “provided that they are not rotting in jail.”
Are Canadians happier than Americans? Possibly Canadian comics are, and approximately 1 in 3 Canadians not rotting in jail is a stand up comic. They, as representative Canadians, seem happy. Canada is rising, and we have been flailing at least since Bush II, probably Clinton I. But the American Revolution was not a flop. As the British journalist John Browne has said, it was the American Revolution that democratized England (and therefore Canada).