O Say Can You See

Happy Fourth of July. 

Should we, perhaps, take this day not only to celebrate but to remember, and look around, and think… lest we someday have no more cause to celebrate?

Lately I have been reminded of one of the worlds of Robert Anson Heinlein, the one in which a religious conservative was elected — Nehemiah Scudder, for those who feel like doing a wiki search to narrow it down. 

We fought for freedom. We do it over and over and over again. We must continue, lest we no longer live in the land of the free because it is no longer the home of the brave.  Yes, I am against the assorted sandbox wars, though I support our people fighting in them — we need to focus on our own fronts first.

There is always a threat. We must always be wary; there is no grant or guarantee of any safety or security but that which we create ourselves.

 

“O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Detach that from the tune I know you heard in your head and look at the words.  They are a question, one that we MUST be able to answer an unreserved, resounding “YES!” to.  Else we are no longer American.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag

of the United States of America

And to the Republic for which it stands,

One nation, indivisible*,

With liberty and justice for all.

Do you understand the words? Not by rote, but understand? And do you?  Do you pledge allegiance to the Republic described therein?  

*The religious bit was a more recent addition. If you know anything at all about the composition (edited, I said “Founding Fathers” earlier and the Pledge has only been around since 1892) you know why it wasn’t in there in the first place.  If Rev. Francis Bellamy wanted it in he would have put it in — do NOT think it was an oversight.

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