What Americans Know
by The Cranky Media Guy
Watching the Fourth of July fireworks from the National Mall last
night made me reflect on what Independence Day really means.
The Glorious Fourth should mean more than just colorful
explosions in the air to all Americans. After all, where would
any of us be today if it were not for the hard work of the Founding
Fathers like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln who, after
driving here from the country of Europe, signed the Declaration of
Independence back in the 1940's to give us our freedom from
Russia? And who can forget the stirring words of President
Benjamin Franklin, "Give me liberty or give me
death?" No middle-aged American could possibly forget
where he or she was when President Franklin was cut down in his
prime in Dallas.
The Fourth of July should remind us all of the sacrifices made by
patriotic Americans like Franklin D. Roosevelt who lead the charge
up San Juan Hill to plant the flag on Iwo Jima on Pearl Harbor
Day. And workers all across this great land of ours can thank
President J. Edgar Hoover for creating Labor Day and leading us out
of the Great Depression.
52 states comprise one mighty nation, perhaps the greatest in all
the world. Anyone who has ever traveled abroad can well understand
why people risk life and limb to illegally travel South across the
border from New Mexico to breathe the sweet air of freedom.
And wouldn't those on far-flung islands like Hawaii like to be able
to live in this free nation?
Yes, we who live in the United States have much to be thankful
for. Next year, when you watch the fireworks on July 4th, reflect on
the fact that, if it was not for the brave men and women who went
before us, we might well all be speaking German, just like the
people in Great Britain.
Let's all hope that this freedom-loving nation continues to stand
strong in the future, as it has in the past. Perhaps it's time
for us to put aside our partisan differences and think of ourselves
as one nation. As current candidate and former President,
George W. Bush once said, "I think we agree, the past is