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"We Are In the Midst of Revolution!"

"John Adams", the HBO mini-series about the founding of the US is INCREDIBLE. I have never seen a historical depiction so moving and so intimate before. The performances by Paul Giamatti as John Adams, Laura Linney as his wife Abigail Adams, Tom Wilkenson as Ben Franklin and David Morse as George Washington are unparalleled. Not even Ken Burns can touch this one. You really feel the fear, hardship, and uncertainty of the times. It's easy to look at history in hindsight, judging decisions made by others with the full benefit of the knowledge of the consequences, but to have to make those decisions without any idea of what would happen, is impossible to imagine.

Although I couldn't help but feel proud of the elegant intelligence and fierce bravery behind the writing of the Declaration of Independance and ensuing Revolutionary War, I can't help but also feel shame and sorrow on behalf of the displaced native people, and enslaved africans in this story. Our libe…