Sunday, July 06, 2008

Home of the Free, Because of the Brave

Here in the United States we recently celebrated our nation's 232nd birthday, for it was on July 4, 1776 that our Founding Fathers told the British Empire to bugger off and declared the independence of of the colonies. Needless to say, that pissed King George off pretty good, so he sent General Lord Cornwallis over here to beat some sense into these rabble-rousers, so from 1776-1783 we fought the Revolutionary War, eventually winning obviously, else I'd be drinking tea in the morning instead of coffee and be eating scones (which are nasty) instead of sausage, egg and cheese biscuits from MacDonald's rather than McDonald's. But I digress.

The point of today's mini-blog is this. We wouldn't have won our freedom if not for the brave souls who joined the Continental Army and State Militias. More to the point, we would not still have our freedom if not for those who continue, to this day, to join the United States Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. The last line of the first stanza of “The Star Spangled Banner” says: “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” But really, it's the Land of the Free Because of the Brave. Think about that while you're watching those fireworks (meant to represent the “rockets red glare/the bombs bursting in air”) and eating that hot dog; think of our brave men and women overseas keeping the terrorists from crossing the line in the sand; think of the freedom you enjoy to bitch and moan about things and criticize your own government when in so many other countries it would get you executed. Think, remember and never forget that the United States is the greatest place to live because brave people fought for it (and died for it) to be so.

~ Carlisle

Next week's blog: TBD

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