On this Fourth of July,Â a short note. As we memorialize our Nation’s birth it is a point of honor and gratitude that we recall the quest to embrace and engage in risk. Forward momentum and a new horizon would be found for those willing to set foot and family on a leaky ship.
The amount of passion, victory, birth and new life that is our country, well it all began with that first risk taker. There is much ado about American Imperialism these days. I just returned from a short visit to camp Pendleton and a Navy corpsman told me about one of his tours off Somalia as we worked night time, off Oceanside with K38 Rescue. The bulk of his time there had been spent doing humanitarian work on a scale that only our Military could do. He told me that “If I ever make a lot of money, I now know how I will spend my life” He had a freshening of his horizon as his ship sailed into the void. His life story had affected me profoundly.
The reality is this: the foundation of our country is based on a diverse number of people who were willing to engage extreme risk and all the hardships and joys associated with that element in order to establish a new realm of possibility, a new horizon. That has never changed. Today more than ever we need this.
Again, Seth Godin was writing what I was thinking.
This beautiful film trailer says a lot. I hope that Jim Scolari gets to do more of this.
As you examine your prospects, know this: “Stupid is forever” Ray Vickers, race car driver. You gotta love our good ole boys.
This was sent along by global thinker Drew Kampion. Don’t even think about shooting the messenger. A long watch and high view at what could be going on beneath the tableau of world change. The journalist, though a renowned conspiracy theorist, presents a thread of historic fact everyone should examine.
I hope that you celebrate like mad today, and memorialize and give thanks and embrace the far horizon. We as a nation have everything to gain and everything to lose as we sail into what will become a new world. Choose well.
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We are another year older. Hoooo Rah! Let’s go, the horizon beckons.
Below, is a note from the President.
|This weekend, our family will join millions of others in celebrating America. We will enjoy the glow of fireworks, the taste of barbeque, and the company of good friends. As we all celebrate this weekend, let’s also remember the remarkable story that led to this day.
Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, our nation was born when a courageous group of patriots pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the proposition that all of us were created equal.
Our country began as a unique experiment in liberty — a bold, evolving quest to achieve a more perfect union. And in every generation, another courageous group of patriots has taken us one step closer to fully realizing the dream our founders enshrined on that great day.
Today, all Americans have a hard-fought birthright to a freedom which enables each of us, no matter our views or background, to help set our nation’s course. America’s greatness has always depended on her citizens embracing that freedom — and fulfilling the duty that comes with it.
As free people, we must each take the challenges and opportunities that face this nation as our own. As long as some Americans still must struggle, none of us can be fully content. And as America comes ever closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed, that triumph — that pride — belongs to all of us.
So today is a day to reflect on our independence, and the sacrifice of our troops standing in harm’s way to preserve and protect it. It is a day to celebrate all that America is. And today is a time to aspire toward all we can still become.
With very best wishes,
President Barack Obama
July 4th, 2009
P.S. — Our nation’s birthday is also an ideal time to consider serving in your local community. You can find many great ideas for service opportunities near you at http://www.serve.gov.
An Addendum. By Stanley Bodner
(Stanley is a lifelong commercial artist and cultural observer, originally from NY now residing in Arizona. The list of people who he has tutored and mentored is both long and distinguished. The affects of he and his social progeny are culturally evident, though he would likely deny this. DP)
I’ve had this burr in my proverbial saddle for a long time. I will try to explain.
Not so many decades ago, women burned their bras in a show of defiance against the stalled system that blocked their path to equality and liberation.
With the passage of time, their goals mostly attained and the effects of gravity working against them, they purchased new Maiden Forms and Spandex.
Now, bras are back and hanging everywhere!
Yet, at the same time, with a Nation divided, The American Flag was desecrated in the same manner.
It ceased being a symbol of this great free nation, and became a defiant icon accompanied with â€śProud to be an Americanâ€ť bumper stickers.
Pride is one of the 7 deadly sins, and our flag is much too sacred for that.
Itâ€™s a new millennium, and I want my flag back, and a good time to start hanging it, everywhere, is upon us.
Itâ€™s time to, â€śrun-it-upâ€¦â€ť
I am lucky to be an American. All of us should feel that way.