Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 232nd Birthday

Happy 4th of July! My favorite holiday and I'll tell you why. I love my country. While I don't agree with everything our presidents do (especially the lame duck we have now but that's another post) I like to think they want to do the best they can for the people of America. I'm proud to live in America and hate the fact our reputation has been besmirched in many parts of the world. While our country has many woes with the price of gasoline, food, health care and economy, America is still a great country to live in. Do I think we can take better care of our own? Yes, I sure do. when a natural disaster occurs in the world we're ready to lend a hand with people and money but why aren't we using that same money to cure some of our own ills we have here such as poverty? Ok enough of that.

We can be thankful we are what we are today due to the colonists and patriots who rose up against the British.The Revolutionary War paved the way to the independence and freedoms we enjoy today. I find this time period fascinating and admire the spunk and courage it took to bring about this young nation. There were ordinary citizens that contributed to the war effort like Paul Revere. He was a silversmith in Boston but helped to develop the intelligence and alarm system that eventually warned that the British were on the march from Boston to Lexington.

A farmer named George Washington eventually became the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Benjamin Franklin, the inventor of so many time saving inovations went on to sign Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris and the U.S. Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, the principle author of the Declaration of Independence and future president. These are but a few of the many founding fathers of the United States who had the foresight to make this one of the greatest nations in the world.

Are we perfect? Far from it, we stick our nose in other countries business too much and I get tired of our military being put in situations that maybe we shouldn't be through no fault of their own.

We all have our own opinions about this country, these are mine. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I fly my flag everyday, lit at night, does that make me patriotic? I know the words to many patriotic songs, does that make me patriotic? I looked up the definition of patriotic in several dictionaries. Here they are. devoted love, support and defense of one's country, national loyalty.

American Heritage Dictionary: love of and devotion to one's country.

Merriam Webster Dictionary: same as above.

Cambridge Dictionary: When you love your country and are proud of it.

So there you have it, I guess I'm patriotic.

I'll leave you with the words and music by Woody Guthrie.

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Craze said...

Great post! We too often get sucked into the celebration of the 4th and not the meaning behind it.