America The Beautiful

There is a great and well known song around the world. Who doesn’t like “America the Beautiful”? Its spacious skies and amber waves. Sort of reminds us what we are all about. Hard to imagine any critics of that. Pardon my poetic prose.

Contrast that with talk of the left lately. Anything condemning or putting America down seems popular to the Left. That is noting new, though the level of it and volume is.

Saturday on MSNBC I heard these lines: The goal is to “get rid of the Orange Orangutan.” That spoken by well-known Julianne Malveaux. And it didn’t get a rise or even a gasp from others. No, that passes for normal language today.

There were a lot of things I would have liked to say about Obama. So many things you just could not get away with saying in public. The blowback would be horrendous and always was, if anyone dared to demean “The One.”

Back in 2009, Alan Keyes called Barack Obama a radical communist and it sent outrage meters off the charts. Why and how was that so bad? It was true.

Contrast that with all that has been said about Trump. No comparison. Though it is not just him. Leftists roll their hatred right into an anti-American froth with no parallels. GOP Rep Joe Wilson was nearly ousted for yelling lie in the Obama’s State of the Union address. But we all got a big lecture on decorum and respect for the office.

Now they either boycott President Trump altogether or go for the shock value of calling him every name under the sun. Nothing is ‘off limits.’ No “out of bounds.” Why the change? Because there are no rules now. There is no decorum now. In fact they will even blame their own incivility on Trump.

Exhibit A: Friday evening a protest occurred at a Colorado ICE office, where protestors lowered the American flag and then raised the Mexican flag. And they mocked the America first motto. But why does it have to be America Last with these people? Why has America the Beautiful turned into America the Detestable? #LightsForLiberty ?

No, you cannot dismiss or ignore it. You can’t say it is a few. It is a wide burgeoning movement of anti-American sentiment. The point they are trying to make is totally lost on most people. It is just unbridled vitriol and hatred. And they are making it normal and cool.

When the women’s soccer team does a mockery with the American flag, no one is offended. No one really cared. One teammate at least rescued the flag being trodden under their feet. Other than that it should not have shocked anyone.

Then on Friday, congress held hearings about a problem they refused to do anything about. Shock and outrage for the “immigration” problem – an invasion, a crisis by design. America bad! Shame on the administration, shame on border patrol. Shame on the only guy trying to do something about the problem. Deny the crisis they are perpetuating.

But denial didn’t work, so now demonize everyone else over it. The problem? Congress has turned from being the Constitutional congress, into a body of elected activists. And it matters not whether they are in the majority or not. They operate the same either way.

If they want to be activists, then they don’t have to be in Congress to do that. But they want official recognition, even respect, for what they do. Tearing down history is good.

So, America the beautiful, where is the “fruited plane” and brotherhood? Obviously in the same place. Does God shed his grace on this? They’ve turned protest into the purpose.

Once “A thoroughfare of freedom beat across the wilderness!” Now, how dare a nation’s pride be glorified! We can’t allow that. Patriotism, an ugly beast, must be trodden under thy feet. Until it is beaten. No more beauty; in fact it is sick and ugly, all which has made America great. The spacious skies turned to storm clouds, from sea to shining sea. We are not justified but horrified. What inspiration is there in that? None, which is the whole idea.

There is nothing in common, no respectable past; only a glimpse of a dark future with these people. Their every word is solitude for subterfuge.

In mourning retreat:

America! America!
God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law!

They no longer believe in power of the people but in the power of the sheeple.

But in a hopeful parting comment:

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

No doubt the author of this beautiful song, Katherine Lee Bates, will probably be next on their enemies’ ban, damn and boycott list. She exemplified something they no longer understand and cannot tolerate. Heroes’ strife be damned in their bonfire.

Maybe they could undo the American Revolution too? May all our success be fruitlessness. Oh for Patriot Dreams. But their retched thoughtfulness continues to shame America.

Reference to lyrics of America The Beautiful

Right Ring | Bullright

Thoughts Flag Day

[Sorry, late in posting this]
THOUGHTS
by
Just Gene
about
FLAG DAY
ORIGIN
June 14 is celebrated as Flag Day because it’s the anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes as America’s flag on June 14, 1777.  This was believed to have been the first Flag Day according to the National Flag Day Foundation, based in Wisconsin.  It all started when BJ Cigrand – a Wisconsin public school teacher – organized a day for his students to celebrate June 14 as the flag’s birthday.  The idea spread through the public schools and was soon adopted by the state board of education in New York.  Two years later the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held its Flag Day Celebration and the following year the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution held theirs. In 1916 Flag Day became a more nationally recognized event.  President Woodrow Wilson established the day with a proclamation on May 30, 1916, according to history.com. According to Whitehouse.gov the day became official when President Harry Truman signed an act of Congress on Aug. 3, 1949 declaring June 14 of each year as Flag Day.  It requested that the president issue a proclamation each year in observance of the day and called for the display of the flag on all federal buildings.
CODE
Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette.  The section of law dealing with American Flag etiquette is generally referred to as the Flag Code.  Here are the general guidelines from the Flag Code.
The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
The flag should be flown in fair weather unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing.  It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
The flag should not be used for any decoration in general.  Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposed.  The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose.  It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.  Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen and members of patriotic organizations.
The flag should never have any mark, insignia , letter, word, number, figure or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.
The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered no part of it should touch the ground or any other object.  It should be received by waiting hands and arms to store the flag.  It should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
luvya

Thoughts – Flag Day

THOUGHTS

by

Just Gene

about

FLAG DAY

I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America;
and to the republic, for which it stands;
one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

 

Thanks to all the brave at Normandy, we still have our Republic and our flag. Never forget!!!

The UNITED STATES of AMERICA is the only country on earth where, when one becomes a citizen, they are equal to me and every other citizen. If one becomes a citizen of France, that does not make them French. If one becomes a citizen of England, that does not make them English, nor in Japan, nor in Mexico, nor in Egypt, nowhere except in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. When one becomes an AMERICAN citizen, they become an AMERICAN, and if anybody who comes to this country doesn’t understand that significant difference, and refuses to pledge allegiance to the republic for which the flag represents, can use our open borders to get the hell out.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have just ONE politician in this country who had the cojones to do or say this???

Prime Minister Julia Gillard- Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks..

Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote: ‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in Patriotism by a majority of Australians.’* ‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’* ‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society … Learn the language!’*

‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’* ‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’* ‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.’* ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’

 

 

GOD BLESS AMERICA

 

The Star Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key – 1814

O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

(Fifth stanza added by Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1861)

When our land is illumined with liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.

The flag that inspired it.