On this day of celebration, I'm reminded of a quotation often—but possibly mistakenly—attributed to Otto von Bismarck, the "Iron Chancellor" of Germany. He's believed to have said, "There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America.
"Interestingly, this saying actually traces its roots back to an early 1700s French proverb: "God always helps fools, lovers and drunkards." By 1849, it morphed into "the special providence over the United States and little children."
Regardless of whether Bismarck truly spoke these words, the sentiment still holds a special place in our collective consciousness. It's a reminder—perhaps a bit tongue-in-cheek—of the resilience and good fortune that often characterize our nation. It seems that no matter our struggles, there's always some higher power nudging us along the right path.
So on this Independence Day, and every day, let's recall this misattributed yet powerful saying as we reflect on our nation's remarkable journey.
Happy Fourth! Here's to the land of the free and the home of the brave!