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    Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to America


    by michael jay ·

    A lot of people put down America, there are people full of hate everywhere.

    I am not one of those, I am truly proud to be an American.

    I found this poem before the sun came up today and I feel that I must share it.


    Days come and go to celebrate the nation
    Today is the day of independence
    Day after day, there is the sound of explosions
    Dancing in the street and the smell of burning charcoal

    There is a parade down the street
    So many people dressed up
    Doing back flips down the street
    Or the sound of Sousa from the marching band

    Seems the music is full of pride
    So much flag-waving
    So much excitement
    A celebration of nationalism

    Yet the mind wonders if this is patriotic
    So much play,
    The flag perhaps a decoration more than a symbol
    Could the day be an excuse for fellowship?

    The mind wonders what constitutes love of country
    Is country an extension of family?
    Is it the idea of home, spread beyond the neighborhood?
    Is it a willingness to sacrifice?

    The ears hear words from old speeches
    Calls to conserve and save,
    Calls to consider what to do for the community
    Calls to look out for neighbors and family

    The ears hear words from the new speeches
    Calls to spend and boost the economy
    Calls to find a comfortable life
    Calls not to fear or plan for the future

    The mind is confused by what the ears hear
    So many changes one decade to another
    The old way was one of community
    The new way is selfishness

    Perhaps Patriotism is not found in flag-waving
    Perhaps it is not found in seeking happiness
    Perhaps the previous generation had it right
    Love of country is shown through love of neighbor

    Thanks so much for making it to this point, I have had a super day off from work, so nice to play with the grandkids and just have fun.

    A very Happy and Blessed 4th of July to all.

    Be safe and take care.

    By the way, the poem was written by Michael Jay, not me but another one and let me give credit to his efforts.

    Best to all,

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    • #2907874

      Beautiful Poem!

      by tig2 ·

      In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to America

      Thank you for posting it and the gentle reminder that love of country is not a bad thing and love of fellow man isn’t either.

      It always surprises me how many flags get pulled out of the closet on Flag Day and suddenly show up on people’s houses. Our flag is up every day of the year. We take retired flags up into the woods when we camp and burn them. They do not touch the ground.

      Why is that important? Because we love and cherish this symbol of America.

      Have a wonderful holiday, all!

    • #2907844

      Excellent Michael…

      by boxfiddler ·

      In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to America

      thank you. Sometimes it’s hard to get past mundania long enough to stop and smell the roses. Got my whiff for today! 🙂

      A fabulous 4th to all.

      edit the usual

    • #2907838

      A safe and happy time for you and yours

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to America

      Lots of celebrating going on, may everyone stay safe to see another great year.

      Heather Martin – God Bless America

      God Bless America – Celine Dion
      Lee Greenwood – God Bless The USA

      Steve Vai – “Star Spangled Banner”

      • #2907803

        Thanks JD

        by michael jay ·

        In reply to A safe and happy time for you and yours

        That was a very fine Friday Night Music type tribute.

        This old man thanks you.

        • #2907799

          A time and place for everything

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Thanks JD

          and those songs say it better than I could ever hope to.

    • #2907812

      Happy 4th back to you, MJ

      by nicknielsen ·

      In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to America

      Just got in from watching the neighbors shoot theirs off. Not too shabby, about a half-hour display. Plus we had a good t’storm this afternoon, so not much fire danger.

      But my poor puppies are cowering in the dog house.

      • #2907808

        Man, I LOVE a good thunderstorm…

        by boxfiddler ·

        In reply to Happy 4th back to you, MJ

        sit on the porch and watch the lightning strike, listen to the rainfall and the wind in the trees, then boom! and the wineglass nearly drops to the floor. Awesome, awesome.

        • #2907807

          You should have

          by michael jay ·

          In reply to Man, I LOVE a good thunderstorm…

          seen the thunder storm here, 2 hours solid of insane fireworks going off, it was great.

          Had there been a thunderstorm we would not even have heard it.

        • #2924013

          Mother Nature’s light show

          by nicknielsen ·

          In reply to Man, I LOVE a good thunderstorm…

          Nothing better! 😀

          Unfortunately, I have trees blocking the view from the porch, so I get lots of light but not much show.

    • #2907809

      Well it is the 5th

      by michael jay ·

      In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to America

      of July.

      My crazy redneck neighbor is moving out to a new house but as a goodbye he burned nearly 1000 bucks of fireworks.

      The show was awesome, thanks Dennis for the show.

      Tried to take some pix of the show, don’t know what I got but I will review them tomorrow and post any that are good.

      Best to all.

      • #2907797

        should be cool

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to Well it is the 5th

        I had already told my boys that we are taking our video camera for tomorrow nights fireworks to record the fanally.

        one of the towns in the area has one of the states best shows every year, and even rates high nation wide.

        45 minute show. a quick couple hundred k, up in smoke.

    • #2913078

      Coming to America

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to America

      Dear Editor:

      So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

      Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households.

      They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

      Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy, France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan .They were defending the United States of America as one people.

      When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. these immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

      And here we are in 2008 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.

      I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

      And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.


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