If you are anything like me – you are proud to be a citizen of the USA. When I hear the Star-Spangled Banner I am drawn to the line “the land of the free and the home of the brave” as that is my mental image of our nation.
A couple of nights ago we went to a local concert (almost free – $5 each!) by Ted Vigil, billed as the ultimate John Denver Tribute. While I was not a great fan when he was around, I have come to appreciate his great heart and the feelings of his music. Ted Vigil was really good, he carried off the difficult vocals and additionally did a half dozen of his own songs.
The most powerful thing I came away from the show with was a comment Ted made while thanking veterans after one of Denver’s clearly patriotic songs. He said, “America, the land of the free – because of the brave.” I must say, I will never hear our anthem again without thinking of that truth.
I talk a lot here about our Constitution. If you feel as if you do not have a clear understanding of the issues or of the document itself, Hillsdale College offers a couple of free online courses that will help. They are: Constitution 101:
“The Meaning and History of the Constitution” and Constitution 201:
“The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism”.
Both are free to everyone. they require that you register and will accept any donations. Additionally, while I am no fan of The Washington Post, here is a great opinion piece titled: 10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free.