Here’s A Great Way To Connect to America’s Founding: 1776

Get into the spirit of ‘76 with a great live musical

You probably didn’t know that I was a theatre guy in high school and college. In fact, I was a theatre 1776-postermajor for a couple of years. I think the right’s neglect of the arts is one of our biggest failings. The arts reach people at an emotional level. Intellectual arguments cannot change emotional attachments.

So here’s a chance to rev up your American patriotic spirits while connecting with the arts. It’s 1776, the musical, and a great St. Louis teacher and leader, Jim Leibrecht, is part of the show.  Here’s his summary of this play:


I just wanted to let you know that the production of 1776 opens at Insight Theatre a week from Wednesday, June 26.  It runs for 10 of the next 12 days, dark on July 1 and 4.  Curtain is at 8:00, 2:00 on Sunday’s.  Theatre is on the campus of Nerinx Hall High School.


I think you all know that I am now one to “enthuse” without justification.  Well, I am about to “ENTHUSE” enthusiastically.

I have to tell you that this is going to be an extraordinary production.  The cast of 20+ is wonderfully talented as actors and as vocalists, and experienced and professional all.  From the leads through the delegates to the entire company, the vocal quality is “awesome”.  Voices are very rich and full, and the characters created are engrossing.  (I portray Scottish delegate of Delaware, Thomas McKean, he of the robust and florid personality and voice).  This is definitely one of the most exhilarating casts I have ever had the privilege and joy of being part of.  Each one’s abilities help one to enrich and flesh out one’s own performance, which means it is a total company and ensemble presentation—doesn’t get any better than that.   But all that is so much more wonderful because the libretto and music of the show are just great.  The book is great writing; the music fully reflective of the characters, the situation.  It is just a wonderful musical.  AND the miraculous birth of our Declaration and birth is both confounding and inspiring.  The show makes one appreciate what July 4 is really about all the more.

I invite you to come; I encourage you to come.  You will find the production of a level of expertise to match any other you may enjoy in St. Louis this summer.  You will be very glad you took the time and effort to share this theatrical magic with the cast and the production.

You may check on ticket availability, and purchase tickets at the Insight Theatre website.  Just Google it.  The tickets are $25 and $30, depending on reserved seat location.  I guarantee you will get much MORE than your money’s worth.  There is a fee charge for purchase online.

I will make at least one of the performances. If you see the show, please review it in the comments of this blog post.

1776 : TICKETS

Nerinx Hall High School

June 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30, July 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7

Thank You, Harvard

A Harvard study recently concluded that attending American Independence Day celebrations could turn kids into Republicans. Harvard-logos-2

The reason 4th of July creates Republicans has nothing to do with patriotism and everything to do with education.  Here’s why:

  • On July 4th, we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, not the founding of the United States.  (That would come with the passage of the Constitution thirteen years later). 
  • July 4th events teach kids—in an environment free from teacher-union propaganda—the reasons we broke from England.
  • July 4th celebrates philosophical and moral principles that establish an empowering, liberating chain of thoughts:
  • All political power resides with individual people;
  • People may voluntarily join with other people to make governments;
  • Governments have no authority except what the people, the governed, permit;
  • No person has the right to coerce another person to act
  • No government may exist with the consent of the governed;
  • People have the unalienable right to dismantle any government they choose.

Imagine, now, that you’re a fourteen year old. Your mother just made you change clothes from something you wanted to wear to something she wants you to wear. Worse, your parents are making you go to a stupid 4th of July parade when all of your friends are going swimming.

At this hot, sticky, stupid parade, a father a few feet away explains the Declaration of Independence float to a boy perched on the man’s shoulders.

“England believed that God gave us kings or queens who ruled over everyone else. Americans believe that God created people equally and that all of us rule only over ourselves.  The Declaration of Independence explained to the king of England and to the American people that we would no longer tolerate being ruled by a dictator.  We’re each going to make our own decisions about how to live.”

Take a moment this weekend to thank Harvard. They have demonstrated that conversations about liberty, freedom, individual responsibility, and equality inspire people to vote a particular way.

And those who live in ignorance of liberty, freedom, individual responsibility, and equality vote Democrat.

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