Every week on Monday, the Council, members of the Watcher’s Council Community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Does The Fourth Of July Mean To You?
Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : Growing up, every Fourth of July our family traveled and celebrated the holiday with a big family reunion which revolved around the Kutztown State Fair in Pennsylvania. The fair showcases Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish tradition, culture, foods, and crafts. My family goes back to the early 1700s and the first of my ancestors who arrived in the colonies fought in the Revolutionary War.
The Fourth of July fills me with wonder at the sacrifices of these early settlers who traveled from Germany to find a new life, not knowing exactly what they would find once they reached these shores. I am filled with pride knowing they were a part of this country’s founding. Their legacy of freedom lives on in me, and in my children and grandchildren.
We have been blessed with three grandchildren, and as I look into their eyes I see my posterity. It is because of them I am resolved to do whatever it takes to assure their future remains secure and that they will be able to live in a free America. To do nothing, to say nothing, to not teach them about their proud heritage and the history of the United States is unacceptable. I am reminded of the words of President Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” It is up to us, parents and grandparents, to make sure our children understand our history, the history of humankind, civilization, and how our republic came to be. It begins with education, and this is where we must focus our attention.
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: 4 July 1776 fired off a crazy rocking rolling ride that hasn’t stopped ‘stirring things up’ on a global scale.
Advancing arrogance into an art form with a remarkable relentless risque commitment to liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, and laissez-faire values.
America differs qualitatively from all other nations, because of her unique origins, nat’l credo, historical evolution, and distinctive political and religious institutions.
America is magically especial because she was a country of immigrants and the first modern democracy.
Loud, proud and rowdy – early America forecast future stuff with a provocative lingo that still fits today. “Don’t Tread On Me!” “Liberty Or Death”, “Live Free Or Die”
America’s superiority of the American Experiment is reflected in the perception among Americans of America’s role in the world. That American foreign policy is based on moral principles is a consistent theme in the American hot diplopolititary gossip – a phenomenon recognized even by those who are skeptic of such an assessment.
This inclination to do right has been virtually unique among the nations of the world – and for this very reason – America has been totally misunderstood. How could a nation so rich, so successful actually, really be so unselfish and so caring?
Unconvincing (and either historically igno – or deceitfully dishonest – either term will do) critics cry America must have darker motives! America must be seeking imperium – to dominate everyone else, suck up all the oil, to trade and rob blind for America’s selfish purposes.
People from more grasping, less idealistic societies find it nigh impossible to accept that America honestly believes that giving everyone opportunity is the real roadmap for abundance and happiness everywhere – not merely in the magical USA.
Americans honestly believe that securing other people’s freedom is actually like the best guarantee that America can keep her own.
America does not want to dominate the world. Americans want to live in peace and hope other people will too.
America will go out into the world, redress errors, stop uncool unacceptable behavior, to first challenge, then annihilate threats to our liberty.
Creative destruction is America’s middle name. It is her natural function, for she is the one truly revolutionary country in the world for more than 2 centuries.
She does it automatically, and that is precisely why creeps and tyrants hate her guts, and are driven to attack her. An enormous advantage, despots fear her, and oppressed peoples want what she offers: freedom.
Amazingly, some suspect states, illegit leaders and some people have not yet comprehended that America’s primary intention is to preserve and keep our own land and liberty and all it’s prosperity and that America will do anything and go anywhere to make it happen.
Joyeuex Anniversarie America!
Stately McDaniel Manor: My Forum contribution this week is my yearly Independence Day article, so either take the link, https://statelymcdanielmanor.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/independence-day-anno-domini-2016/ or scroll down to read it.
JoshuaPundit: I admit to enjoying the Fourth. I live in a fairly Red part of a terminally Blue state (not that it means much since we were redistricted to become part of a solid Democrat district) and things are rather old fashioned here, complete with flags posted all over, a parade, and even banners on the main boulevard honoring all the young men and women from the area by name, rank and branch of service who are serving in our military. There are a fair amount of those banners in my little corner of the universe.
There are a lot of stories in the news today about how America is falling apart; a Gallup poll that shows only 52% of Americans are ‘extremely proud’ to be Americans (although the breakdown by party and demographics is interesting) lots of stories of flag burning and desecration, even a column by some melon head in the New York Daily News ranting about banning the playing of America the Beautiful at baseball games during the Seventh Inning Stretch ‘a song that offends everybody.’
A lot of this stuff is more intensified than it seems, because the man who’s in the White House supports and encourages it at every turn, because our poisonous media culture amplifies it and because of our educational system now promotes it, especially at the university level. But historically, America has always had its share of malcontents. Even during the revolution, many Americans stayed loyal to the crown and even fought on the British side as Tories. I wouldn’t deny that there’s a great deal of that sentiment especially in certain parts of the country and among many of the new ‘refugees,’ illegal migrants,and even many new citizens whom are now no longer required to defend the United States if called upon to do so,something that was part of the citizenship oath for years.
It remains to be seen how prevalent and widespread this virus actually is,but at present, I think that at the core, most Americans remain patriotic, even though many of the traditional institutions that formed the core of that patriotism ans America’s culture are under attack.
It bears remembering in times like these that when our Founders chose the motto for our new Country, it was ‘In G-d We Trust.’ Certainly I believe He has intervened for America before in dark times.
I think of the Fourth itself as kind of one of our American tribal rites, and it’s too bad more people don’t appreciate it. If they don’t, well, it’s their problem, and I’m not letting them spoil it for me.
If a little kid or a new immigrant were to ask me what it’s all about, I’d tell him it was America’s birthday party, and birthday parties are supposed to be fun. I’d tell them it’s when we celebrate the guys who decided to take a bet on freedom, put everything on the table,beat the odds and won.
So may it continue to be.
The Glittering Eye: I was going to subject you to a lecture on the meaning of the Fourth of July. Perhaps another time.
Instead I’ll share some of my fondest memories of Fourths of Julys past.
I remember watching fireworks shot over the Meramec River from Aunt Margaret and Uncle George’s house on stilts down on the river. I remember fireworks displays in the Valley Park village square.
I remember enduring 90% humidity and 105 degree temperature with a million (not an exaggeration) other people under the St. Louis Arch 40 years ago on the Bicentennial Fourth of July.
I remember watching the fireworks going off at eye level from our friends’ 16th floor condo in Marina Towers on the marina.
Perhaps my fondest Fourth of July memory is of sharing a Fourth of July in a small town in rural Illinois. Veterans parading. Fireworks in the town square. Speeches by local politicians. A perfect Fourth of July of classic Americana. It was like taking a time machine and experiencing a shared understanding we’re in danger of losing.
Well, there you have it.
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