Theodore's World: Happy July 4th ~ God Bless America

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July 04, 2011

Happy July 4th ~ God Bless America

The Declaration of Independence In Congress, July 4, 1776

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain Inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."


" Ragged Old Flag " ~~ Johnny Cash



"America the Beautifuul " ~~ sung by Ray Charles


Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem)--LeAnn Rimes


Martina McBride singing "God Bless America"


Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance




"A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to
'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including their life.'
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no
longer understand it." --- Lt Col George Goodson, USMC (Ret)


Wild Thing's comment.......

Happy 4th of July everyone, especially our Military.

I celebrate it to honor the Americans who sacrificed so much to bring this nation to greatness. I celebrate July 4th to thank and celebrate the lives of each one of our Veternas, our troops serving today and our Founding Fathers.

No matter what the current state of the country is, it is good to remind ourselves what the founding fathers did to fight for freedom and to create a constitution and country based on freedom. No matter what, it should inspire us to perservere and to keep fighting for the right principles.

Never give up on freedom.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 4, 2011 02:50 AM


Our patriotic song, “God Bless America” was actually first written as a prayer by Irving Berlin.

It was introduced to the world on Armistice Day, 1938 in a live radio broadcast sung by Kate Smith on her radio show.

The introduction, the first stanza to “God Bless America” is now rarely heard, but Kate Smith always used it in what would become her signature song.

Here in a five minute video is that first broadcast from 1938 introducing us to “God Bless America” with scenes from the film “This is The Army” and a cameo appearance of a young Ronald Reagan:

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home.

And here again is another American beauty from Sharon, Kansas, Martina McBride singing “God Bless America”:

To Wild Thing and who all who read, write and contribute here in Theodore’s World, a very Happy Fourth of July 2011 !

Posted by: Carlos at July 4, 2011 06:58 AM

WT whether you realized it or not, you picked three songs,sung by three artists, who have their roots in the South.

The reason I mention this, is that even today those people living in the South seem to have a better grasp of what this country should be about, and actuallly do a better job of honoring it's traditions. Watch the opening ceremonies of any NASCAR race for further proof.

This is exemplified by the reverence shown by Ray, Lee Ann and Martina, in their renditions of those beautiful songs. Also, note the shot of Martina, upon completion of her performance, she had tears in her eyes, I did too.

Thanks WT and a Happy Fourth to you and your family.

Posted by: Sean at July 4, 2011 10:42 AM

Hi WT, guys,
Not getting around as much as I would like. During the many years of caring for a sick wife the house and yard kinda went down hill. My grandson has been coming weekends and is here for 3 weeks, back to job corp and then probably here for several months awaiting the Navy. His girl friend LeighAnne is home from college for the summer and has been here near every day cleaning, painting, planting flowers and keeping me busy. She has brought a lot of life into the house for my son and I, they both have.

Anyway a happy fourth to everyone and God bless our troops whom allow us to be able to celebrate this day.

Posted by: Bob A. at July 4, 2011 02:02 PM

A very happy 4th to everyone and Bob A, keep the faith brother.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at July 4, 2011 02:40 PM

Thanks Eddie. LeighAnne got my son wanting a puppy. He's 35, Down Syndrome lives home with me. Years ago, before he was born we raised collies and had some smooth's, short coat and almost impossible to find online. She found a lady (she breeds and shows her dogs) with 3 pups and it looks like we will be going to LI Wed. to get a little sable female pup. Actually looking forward to it myself. At 66 hard keeping up with a 20 year old. Her and my grandson make a nice couple, neither smoke, drink or party.

Happy Fourth.

Posted by: Bob A. at July 4, 2011 03:14 PM

Carlos, that ws great thank you so much. Happy Fourth to you and your loved ones.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 5, 2011 04:04 AM

Sean that is really interesting. I had not even thought about where they were from. Thank you. You are right about NASCAR too.

Happy Fourth to you Sean and your loved ones.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 5, 2011 04:07 AM

Bob A., Hi and good to see you. Happy Fourth Bob and to your children too. That is so exciting about the puppy you are going to get. Congratulations. They really become a memeber of the family and that will be so wonderful.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 5, 2011 04:10 AM

Eddie, Happy Fourth to you and the beautiful Mrs. Eddie.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 5, 2011 04:13 AM