America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea![su_spacer]
–From America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates (1913)
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]I[/su_dropcap] WAS AWAKE most of last night. I do not know if the thought of turning 61 was bothering me but I woke up and could not get back to sleep. And as we all do, my mind began racing when suddenly, the song America the Beautiful began playing in my head and I began thinking about the Presidential election and the candidates running to be the leader of the free world. If I could set them down, I think I would remind them of the words to this wonderful song and share these words with them.
O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain; For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain![su_spacer]
One of the most wonderful parts of being a Marine for 20 years was the number of times I drove across this great country of ours. I have driven through Nebraska back when there was no speed limit and enjoyed seeing the wheat and corn growing tall in the fields. I have stopped my car in the Rocky Mountains just to look out over the wonder and actually come to understand the phrase “purple mountains majesties”. So, if you want to be President of this great country, protect our land- our environment. Work to balance the business needs of our country while preserving the beauty that is America. Our children, grandchildren, and future generations deserve to sing this song and see what we have seen – the wonder of God’s creation here in our own Country.
O beautiful for pilgrim feet, whose stern impassioned stress; A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine every flaw. Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law![su_spacer]
Remember, our forefathers were a people who loved freedom. They came here to worship the God they loved in a manner that allowed them to draw near to His Holy presence. They became a melting pot of people who finally rose up to liberate themselves from tyranny. They came together to write this amazing document we call the Constitution that creates positions of leadership in this country whose sole purpose is to defend the very liberty for which they fought and died. So, if you want to be President of this great country, read the history of the Revolutionary War and especially about the heroes of our new country, read the Constitution and understand just how important defending our freedom was to our forefathers, and remember, we are a flawed people who sometimes make mistakes. So, be quick to admit wrongs and then work hard to correct them – not to divide us as a nation – but to unite us in a common cause – the cause of freedom for all men and women in a country founded on liberty.
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![su_spacer]
This country was founded upon sacrifice. Good men willingly gave their lives so that the colonies could be a free and independent nation. Good men fought and died to preserve the new nation when brother fought against brother in the Civil War. Good men and women who came forward to fight in world wars so that the world could see we valued liberty not only for ourselves but for all mankind. And brave men and women who still give their lives today to protect us from terrorists who hate our way of life because we refuse hand over our freedom and be subjected to the whims of but a few. So, if you are going to be the President of this great country, remember that our freedoms and our liberty that so many take for granted because of the comfort in which we live was purchased with the blood of America’s men and women who unselfishly died so that these freedoms would be available for the future generations of Americans.
O Beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years; Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed His grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea![su_spacer]
Our big cities, out small towns, our communities used to be beacons of light to a world that wondered if the American experiment was worth the cost. Out light is growing dim because we have become too comfortable with government taking responsibility for everything in our lives. So, if you are going to be President of this country, remember that John F. Kennedy spoke boldly on the day of his inauguration;
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.[su_spacer]
Bring responsibility back to America and to the American people. Remind every American that we can be great only if we work together toward the common goal of preserving the freedom and liberty that made this nation great. Remind them that we are America – the land of the free and the home of the brave – from sea to shining sea!