July 4, 2011

4th If you read anything today, you must check this article out. (Hat tip: Free Republic). There’s been a lot of talk recently about the “Founding Fathers” – who they were, what they stood for; after reading this, you’ll know. As sturdy a collection of men you won’t find in Washington anymore – especially when you consider the petulant “leader from behind” in the White House and the other incompetents and corrupts who make up the vast majority of our present Senate and Congress. It’s almost is enough to make one want to hurl.

That being said, there remains in each of us a seed that was planted by the Founding Fathers, and that seed is called liberty. And there is nothing Barack Obama and his ilk – the public labor unions and the progressive movement in this country – can do to crush that seed into oblivion. This country may not survive another 235 years, but the remnants of it will always be there, for, as Thomas Jefferson so penned, it’s in the heart of every man and woman ever conceived:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

[Ed. note: the boldings are mine, as this is the part our own President repeatedly loves to leave out.]

Actually, I think this longing for great men with great ideals was what Dennis Wilson had in mind when he wrote this fine, unreleased (at the time) song for the Beach Boys back in 1972, “4th Of July”:

Born of the age
Flagged hopes
Censored rage
The black clad box
Bombs bursting in air
Bleed white red and blue
Cried dawn’s early light
For the hope

Oh where has it gone
Brothers sisters stand firmly and try
Reaching the spacious skies
4th of July

Lie by the sword
Black times
False reward
The greetings of doom
So proudly they hail
Lost fortune of free
The stripes and bright stars
Promise lost

Oh where has it gone
Brothers sisters stand firmly and try
Reaching the spacious skies
4th of July

Brothers sisters stand firmly and try
Reaching the spacious skies
4th of July

Happy Independence Day, America! Never forget the kind of men and ideals that birthed you.

And happy 58th anniversary, Mom and Dad! Love you both, you’re the best!

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