… with an American flag waving in the wind, while the speakers blaze out ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ – the Jimi Hendrix version of course.
Do you remember the scene from Lord of the Rings, when Gandalf comes floating in on the back of an eagle, to the rescue of the hobbits? You know, the end of the 3rd movie (Return of the King), as the hobbits are lying on Mount Doom as it is exploding.
Well, that is a sight I would treasure; standing on Bear Mountain Bridge, overlooking the Hudson, as a convocation of Bald Eagles swoosh across the horizon, signaling the rise and patriotism we need these days.
The 4th of July is when the nation comes together, irrespectively of color, creed, religion, sex, and political affiliation, and start the healing process for the greatest country on this Globe.
People will come together. Friends and family will gather in the backyards. Dads will surround the BBQ (my Traeger) discussing the firmness of burger patties. Kids will play cornhole, and the wives will smirk at their husbands while drinking White Claw. All while we listen to the patriotic tunes of our great musicians.
Here’s my 4th of July playlist
- It’s America – Rodney Atkins
- I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
- Arlington – Trace Adkins
- Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus
- All-American Girl – Carrie Underwood
- Born Country – Alabama
- America Will Always Stand – Randy Travis
- America Will Survive – Hank Williams Jr
- This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag – The Charlie Daniels Band
- Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue – Toby Keith
- Red White & Blue – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- American Soldier – Toby Keith
- R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. – John Mellencamp
- Only in America – Brooks & Dunn
- God Bless the U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood
- Humble and Kind – Tim McCraw
Unfortunately, some man-made virus is circling the Globe, reducing our abilities to celebrate this very important day in American history. A day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.
- We have been living in fear and darkness since mid-March, with families locked down in their apartments, houses, and other choices of dwelling. Our sanity has been tested numerous times. Our trips to the grocery stores have been marked by empty shelves, aggressive characters, and business have been closed (some permanently).
- Schools were closed, leaving the kids to complete simple homework and not learning what they are meant to, and parents attempting to take on the homeschooling role, only to be fired for alcohol consumption during period 2.
- There has been a surge in home projects. I assume many of these were triggered by an impatient spouse, who had seen many house projects taking months (or years), and now the husbands can no longer escape. We have to complete these projects to maintain peace at home.
- The number of wannabe chefs has blown up Instagram lately, I’m one of them, and we have no shame when it comes to sharing our creations with the world, perhaps hoping we get awarded some baking star or participation trophy.
- Home fitness is at an all-time high, as people attempt to shed the pounds they’ve gained by being married to one of the home chefs above.
The point of these great stories is that we are still a great nation and we are a collection of incredible people, who will prevail and rise above the doom ‘n gloom.
I will not spend too much time and energy on the negative, other than stating that I’m saddened by the destruction and divide that this great country is seeing these weeks. People in many large cities across the US have decided to burn and destroy, instead of having a dialogue about their concerns.
We are a divided nation, struggling to address some basic challenges that face some communities. Our politicians are playing with our lives, and they play nasty games across the aisles. I’m disappointed with the elected officials in the House and in Congress, they are not in it for the people any longer.
We, the People, have faced challenges in the past. Our history is full of great people, and now we need to join forces again to challenge the elected officials that were voted in by the People and should act for the People. They’ve failed us!
The 4th of July is an opportunity for us to push back like our forefathers did in 1776. We need to remind them about the Independence we gained in 1776. We need to stand proud (or kneel)) to respect our flag, the Old Glory, and sing Star-Spangled Banner aloud, while holding hands (virtually) to symbolize our united mindset. We need to re-establish the Constitution they signed in 1787.
I’ve only been a US Citizen for less than a year, but I’m a patriot and honored to call the US my home. This is a magnificent country, and you should all be proud of what we have achieved since Columbus arrived in 1492, and since the declared our Independence in 1776.
Yes, we have problems, like any family. These challenges can be overcome with conversation and voting in officials that will actually work for us. It will take time to address all the issues, but destruction of this great nation is NOT an option.
You have many more freedoms than you can imagine, just by living in the US. Freedoms that many millions of people around the world will never experience. There is a reason that the US is a beacon of freedom, and that is also the reason many seek to come to the US to experience this great place.