In times when life was tougher,
And facts were stubborn things,
Man used to fight or suffer
Outrageous Fortune’s slings.
The State now is our buffer:
We chose Safety First, I guess;
Now Nanny rules, you duffer!
And facts are what she says.
— yabor, The Netherlands
We should remember just how much we Americans owe to the Dutch. They were a safe haven for groups seeking religious liberty. The Netherlands was often the de facto staging area for these groups, including the Pilgrims, who later ventured forth to America. The Dutch brought much of their free enterprise spirit to America as well (and particularly to New Amsterdam, aka “New York”). We could use more of that same spirit again.
And there would not be a classical art world if you were to remove all the old Dutch Masters. Truly, we owe much to the Dutch for not only their contributions to Western Civilization but to America.
In The Netherlands today (despite the onerous socialist monster of the EU and multiculturalism) there is, among some, that old spirit of independence, who implicitly wear the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag upon their hearts (although “tread” might not be the word some have in mind now). You can see that in the above stanzas. Can we Americans do less? Can we not speak out? — The Editor
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