Perhaps it was seeing 1776* in fourth grade that has made me such a fan of John Adams. I was delighted when David McCullough’s biography of this great man quickly climbed to the top of the bestseller charts when it was released in 2001. (I highly recommend the book.)
Yesterday, while listening to the Barnes & Noble “Portable Professor course,” Patriots: Brotherhood of the American Revolution, I heard Professor Joseph J. Ellis (author of Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation) describe the man who would become America’s second president as a revolutionary in a conservative sense. I like that description of this great patriot — conservative revolutionary.
Such a term shows how one of Adams’ greatest successors as president was following in his footsteps when he launched what others called the Reagan Revolution upon his election in 1980. Ronald Reagan, our nation’s fortieth president, just his Eighteenth Century predecessor, was also a conservative revolutionary. And just like many other proud Americans, we gay patriots look to these great men for inspiration.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com
*A movie musical about the writing/adoption of the Declaration of Independence–what better show for a budding gay patriot!