Happy Birthday, America!

It’s been a very difficult year in our country.  My emotions have run the gamut from hopeful to sad, discouraged, angry, appalled, and everything in between. 

But on this day when we celebrate our country, I feel pride.  We have had our trials. We haven’t always done the right thing. We’ve experienced the best and the worst from our government.

However, although I might be called Pollyanna I still believe that good outweighs evil.  I strongly feel that love will always rise above hate. 

And when all is said and done………….I feel that despite the darkness that blankets our country, light will always rise above that darkness. Eventually.

Wishing you a wonderful and safe 4th and I’ll see you here next time…………..

5 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, America!

  1. Lest we forget on 4th of July, the question truly is; how much are you willing to give up, for what you believe in ? It is the bottom line. Till that decision is made, it is just idle talk and roderic, and is delegated to someone else to insure.
    Frankly in the next major War, I feel the U.S. will do poorly. Simply because we don’t have the Will to make the required sacrifices, beyond our own self indulgence. We have forgotten what freedom truly is, and now just assume what it is.
    (A Note) If the next generation is younger than 15, it has grown up under the Patriot Act, and assumes that privacy is non existent. And will continue to think so, simply because that is the way it is, and they know no better.
    Cliff Bates
    Have you ever
    wondered what happened to the
    56 men
    who signed the Declaration of Independence?

    Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

    Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

    Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

    Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

    They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

    What kind of men were they?

    Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

    Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

    Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the
    British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

    Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost
    constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,and poverty was his reward.

    Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward,
    Ruttledge, and Middleton.

    At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson,Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over
    the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.
    The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

    Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a
    few months.

    John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their
    lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

    Remember: freedom is never free! We thank these early patriots, as well as those patriots now fighting to KEEP our freedom!

    It’s time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more MEANING to it than beer, fireworks, hot dogs, and picnics……


    • While I certainly believe freedom isn’t free, I’m not willing to give up things like freedom of the press, freedom to protest, etc. And I absolutely am not willing to give up my info on the voter registers. Personally, I feel most of the problem is money and greed. I’m reading Dark Money by Jane Mayer and it’s incredibly eye opening. The major problem today are the PACS and the Koch Brothers and the other billionaires. They are the political machine and until that changes…….our freedoms get chipped away, a little at a time.


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