In Douglass’s abiding vision, America was the proper home for black Americans, their only realistic alternative, and also the locus of their highest ideals.
When you encounter an entity that repeatedly lies to you, slanders you, mocks you, hides things from you, and actively tries to mislead you, should you conclude it is anything but your enemy?
If there is hope, it lies in the majority of Americans of all races who still cling to the colorblind republican creed of equal rights under equal law.
Black Lives Matter activists cite Douglass’s 1852 speech ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?’ as proof America is evil. They utterly miss his point.
In his skewed appraisal of Trump’s speeches, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz contends Trump has ‘turned the Fourth of July from a joyful and unifying patriotic celebration … into a partisan political event.’
The Washington Post suggests readers pause before celebrating American independence to consider “dark historical truths” about our country.
Fireworks coming up from nearby backyards, fireworks sparkling across the ridge, fireworks from two neighboring states glimmering in the distance. It was pure magic, and we all felt it.
This cacophony comes from a sliver of society, with their voices amplified by a media selling an election year controversy to cripple President Trump.
‘My fellow citizens: America’s destiny is in our sights. America’s heroes are embedded in our hearts. America’s future is in our hands. And ladies and gentlemen: the best is yet to come.’
Coronavirus and little tyrants can take the parade out of a city, but they can’t take the patriotism out of the people. Happy Independence Day, from the Power Wheels parade to you!
Lee Greenwood, along with the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and a cappella group Home Free, released a new version of his song ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’
We’re surrounded today by evidence that too few of us know our history, and too many have been mis-educated to see only its flaws.
What’s the most patriotic thing you can do right now? Raise a patriot!
I’ll be hosting friends from out of town and welcoming any others who want to celebrate the Fourth of July despite our atrocious mayor and governor telling us we shouldn’t do so.
To honor the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, President Calvin Coolidge gave a stirring speech on the values of faith and freedom that rings like a bell today.
“I believe that the vast majority of America draws solace, draws inspiration, and draws rejuvenation from these great works of art,” Bernhardt said.
In a time when patriotism is reaching new lows, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate that which is great about America, and there are lots of wonderful songs to do just that. But not ‘Born in the USA.’
I have been deployed for three July 4ths. Luckily there are still Americans who hold the ideas that built this country in high regard.
The violent mob is not worthy of even polishing George Washington’s statue, let alone desecrating it.
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