By Caroline Clemmons
Many of you are looking forward to a long weekend off work (unless you’re an author) as part of our Independence Day celebration. Our country has faced turbulence since its formation in 1776. Today, let’s concentrate on the triumphs.
Most of you are too young to remember actor Jimmy Cagney. As someone who loves old movies, I enjoyed the pugnacious man. Later films depicted him as a tough guy, but one of my favorites was his rendition of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” in an earlier film. We should all have this joy for our country.
We have freedom of worship—even when a few madmen burn churches and another shoots those within. We have the right to choose our own jobs—even when the one we want is difficult to find. I love Norman Rockwell’s paintings of the Four Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom from Fear.
Do we sometimes fall short of these basic tenets of our country? We have warts, true, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I loved a visit years ago to Branson, Missouri. My husband and I and the couples with whom we traveled joked about the fact that seven of the nine shows we saw ended with a patriotic tribute. But is that bad? No, of course not. We enjoyed every second.
Whether you’re enjoying Bruce Springsteen’s “Born on the Fourth of July”, Martina McBride’s “Independence Day”, or Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA”, revel in the blessings living in this country affords us. And strive each day to increase the blessings and stamp out the hatreds dividing this great nation and its people!
Happy Independence Day.