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What does England mean to me, what does it mean to be English? Why, I suppose it’s a little bit like a reflex, a little like breathing: English is what I am; English is what I will always be.
For me it’s not about sport, or politics or any transitory passion; it really does rest on something altogether deeper. I love the English language, a love the beauty and the rhythm of simple English prose.
Yes, I know the language is not exclusively ours any longer. It’s been launched into the world sometimes with uncertain - and unhappy - returns! But I would continue to look for Englishness,... (more)
Because it has become so fashionable to sign pledges, compacts, and avow other forms of binding commitment, it might benefit us to consider making some promises based on patriotism rather than partisanship and opportunism. Please consider the following for what it is worth. These are promises one makes to oneself. They are promises we keep to each other, for our children, our parents, and any American we have ever loved, and for the Republic ordained and established more than 220 years ago.
The Patriot’s Promises
“As a patriotic American, I promise to uphold and advance governance... (more)
...such proposals and perspectives are not those of a thinking, serious, open-minded, solution-seeking person. They are those of a person fanatically committed to a set of assertions, theories, and aims that form a sociopolitical program. Truly patriotic Americans should be fervent, but genuine patriotism has neither time nor place for fanaticism. As Bobby Kennedy reminded us more than forty years ago, The future “will belong to those who can blend vision, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals and great enterprises of American society.” Ideologues cannot do this.... (more)
What a great Fourth of July this is shaping up to be. Right here on BrooWaha, Julian Gallo, Life Riddles, and Firkroy have written articles that remind us all of how fortunate and joyous we should feel to live in the nation whose birth was announced 235 years ago today. As Julian says, "Some will reflect on the actual meaning of what today is supposed to represent and know how fortunate they are that they were born and raised here in the United States of America and not Afghanistan, Iran or any other nation that is now a cauldron of violence and oppression." This observation is in harmony with... (more)
Based on ideals so dear and long held to be true
Can the Republic, now so much imperiled, rise and live anew?
Will a government of the people with powers fine and just
Triumph o’er the cabal of greed, conceit, and ruinous lust?
Will we give our full effort and bestow our due consent?
Or from the struggle for the future will we ignobly shrink and timidly relent?
In this time, that so sternly tries the soul
Will we work tirelessly with true purpose to make the nation whole?
As all, have the rights to liberty and life,
Why do we far... (more)
...also times that tried Ameicans' souls. Two hundred twenty-five years later the time of crisis visits us again. As with the original crisis and its second rendition a decade later, summer soldiers and sunshine patriiots once more shrink from the service of their country. We must remember, patriotism is much more than waving the flag, wearing a lapel pin, or insisting on one's rights and extolling freedom. Patriotism requires standing by one's country in dire circumstances, doing the deeds and paying the costs to ensure that the Republic stands, perhaps battered, but definitely unbowed.... (more)
...spirit venerate real estate above principle and purpose. A patriot does not honor senseless violence, insufferable arrogance, or repulsive callousness simply because somebody tries to wrap them in the Stars and Stripes or paint them red, white, and blue. American patriots recognize that patriotism blooms in other nations even though the cultures, customs, and traditions of those countries alter patriotism’s content and forms of expression.
Patriotism is not a love of one’s fellow citizens and a hatred, fear, or loathing of all other nationalities. It is not frenzied flag... (more)
“If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.” Jefferson Davis: http://EzineArticles.com/1410827
"We feel our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of our honor and independence. We ask no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the states with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms." Jefferson Davis: http://EzineArticles.com/1410827 American... (more)
The path of one’s life often seems a long and winding road when one pauses to take stock and reflect on where one has been and what one has undergone to arrive where one happens to be at a point in time. What seemed to be only severe trials might appear upon reconsideration as mysteriously bestowed opportunities; setbacks and shortfalls as they viewed in the instance might now reveal themselves as safe harbors?
When one embarks from the City of Destruction and meanders toward the Celestial City, one undergoes a process of growth and development. In this context, where one started and... (more)
O beautiful for glorious themes Our history’s refrain, Despite so many tragedies, We strive ever to attain. America! America! Truth shed Its grace on thee, And seed your lands with helping hands From sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life. America! America! May Truth thy goals refine Until all success be nobleness, And every gain sublime.
O beautiful for heroic deeds Where stunning valor shines, A testament to freedom’s needs, That stirs our hearts and minds. America! America!... (more)
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