Wertfrei Wednesday: Celebrating America
“My country, ’tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty” is the start to “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)” Commonly referred to as America by Rev. Samuel F. Smith – 1832. In todays day and age, we still enjoy more liberties than most other countries in the world. Maybe not as Sweet, though, as it used to be. There’s another version of America, more well known, “America the Beautiful” words by Katharine Lee Bates, Melody by Samuel Ward, whose last verse of 112 verses (I kid, there are eight):
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
Had the patriots of yesteryear known what would become of America, the beautiful, would they still be proud? Corporations are people (whose paying of taxes is seen as against the law, apparently), money is free speech, everyday citizens are domestic terrorists-all according to our own government. People are sequestered (from the rest of the world), squeezed financially, slapped down, spied upon with our own phones, computers, satellites, drones fly overhead recording our every move, America’s law enforcement are given armored tanks, ballistic shielding/clothes, military guns and enough equipment to take out dictators with special forces and swat teams.
America is a mess. And people are complacent about it.
The Star Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key On September 14, 1814, when U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. said it best in this third verse:
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution!
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
So keep our sweet liberty in mind and what our forefather patriots would think about America, the Beautiful when you’re watching fireworks in your hometown, enjoying the grill, beer and friends.