Today we celebrate Independence, an independence framed in ways the world had not seen.
Today, 240 years later, we remember a God-given independence, and we celebrate our God-given rights.
Many today, July 4th, are expressing their love of country and gratitude of the freedom we have in this great land.
No one celebrates it better than an 80-year-old music icon, fiddler, and patriot, Charlie Daniels.
Below are the words to his, "My Beautiful America" and a link to him performing it.
Also linked below is an outstanding article--How Great is America?--- written by a conservative patriotic mother, from the point of view of the patriotic women who stood with their husbands. It includes excerpts from the lives of women like Martha Washington and others.
"How Great Is America?" The writer begins with: "I love my country, the United States of America. I love it with a passion, not born from blind patriotism, but a studied observation and understanding of the sacrifice and courage it took to make this land."
I strongly recommend you read it. It's inspiring.
Charlie Daniels' 4-minute presentation.
Happy 4th of July.
"My Beautiful America"
Have you ever spent the late afternoon
Watching the purple shadows deepen in Arizona desert?
Or seen a herd of Elk plough their way
Through waist deep snow on a cold Colorado dome?
Did you ever see the sun go down in Hawaii,
Or seen the stormy waves break over the rock bound coast of Maine?
Or have you ever see an eagle fly up out of the mists of Alaska?
Or a big October moon hanging full over the still Dakato badlands?
Have you ever tasted the gumbo in New Orleans, Bar-B-Que in Carolina
Or the chicken wings in Buffalo?
Have you ever had Brunswick stew in Maken, or cornbread in Burmingham?
Or briskets slow cook over hill country mesquite wood?
Did you ever drink the water from a gurgling branch in Utah,
Or, stand on the mountain above El Paso Del Norte
And see the lights twinkling clear over in Mexico?
Did you ever jingle horses in the pre dawn stillness of a perfect Texas day
And watch their shodded hooves kicking up sparks on the volcanic rock?
Or attended a truck line on a foggy Carolina morning,
Or heard the distant love song of a lovesick whipperwill
On a pristine Tenneesee late night?
Have you seen the faces on Mount Rushmore or stood at the Vietnam monument?
Have you ever crossed the mighty Mississippi,
Or been to the daddy of them all in Cheyenne, Wyoming?
Or seen the mighty Volve run out on the football field on a chilly autumn afternoon?
Did you ever see the Chicago skyline from Lake Shore Drive at night?
Or the New England follage in the fall,
Or the summer beauty of the Shanandoah valley,
Or Indiana covered with new snow?
Did you ever seen a herd of wild horses running free
Across the empty spaces in Nevada?
Or, caught a walleyed pike out of a cold Wisconsin stream?
Or ,marveled at the tall ship docked in the harbor at Baltimore?
Did you ever see the early morning dew sparkling on the blue grass,
Or, the wind stir the wheat fields on a hot Kansas afternoon?
Or, driven the lonely stretches of old Route 66?
Have you ever heard the church bells peal their call to worship
On an early Sunday, in some small town in the deep south?
Or pass through the redwood forest just as the sun was going down?
Have you ever been to Boise or Batchlee or Boford or Billings?
Have you ever passed through Sanford or Suffacer San Angelo?
Have you ever seen the falls at Nigara?
The ice palace in Saint Paul?
Or the Gateway to the west?
This then is America!
The land God blesses with everything
And no Effel Tower: no Taj Mahal;
No Alps; No Andes;
No native hut; nor Royal Palace -
Can rival her awesome beauty,
Her diverse poplulation, her monolithic majesty.
America the Free!
America the mighty!
America the beautiful!
I pledge alligence to the flag of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One Nation Under God indivisible
with liberty and justice for all!
God bless you, and may God bless us all as we stand in resistance to those who seek to remake America into something it never has been, nor ever intended to be.
Let Freedom Ring.