As a student of history – especially American history – I know all about those two wars we fought to shed the yoke of the British monarchy, to forge our own destiny, to become the first successful rebel colonies. I understand and appreciate all that those patriots suffered and what they fought for a second time in the War of 1812. Those struggles are indisputable.
That being said, I firmly believe that America owes a debt of our language, our culture, and a great deal of our legal system to the British. Relations weren’t always strong between our two countries, but today Britain is the United State‘s strongest ally.
I am going to find something reassuring in the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s son, announced on social media. The as-of-yet unnamed Prince represents the future. At this point, the near-distant future with estimates of being on the throne around, oh, 2070. Maybe.