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Every country has its foundation myths, which illustrate for children what it is to be a citizen of that country. George Washington’s not lying about chopping down a cherry tree stuck with me, especially, and made me think honesty under duress an especially American attribute.

The Boston Tea Party was probably the next most repeated story of my patriotic induction. Unfortunately, “No taxation without representation,” was too complex for a child’s reasoning and so has led to many…