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July 04, 2004

God Bless the USA!


If tomorrow all the things were gone Iíd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
Iíd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
ĎCause the flag still stands for freedom and they canít take that away.

And Iím proud to be an American where at least I know Iím free.
And I wonít forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And Iíd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
ĎCause there ainít no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,

From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, thereís pride in every American heart,
and itís time to stand and say:

Iím proud to be an American where at least I know Iím free.
And I wonít forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And Iíd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
ĎCause there ainít no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

By Lee Greenwood


I remember being a child on Guantanamo Bay NTC--celebrating the Fourth by climing in and out of display tanks, seeing the sailors with shore leave, feasting on hot dogs and coke, singing in the Independence Day cantata. It was a sharp contrast to the rising smoke across the bay, from the sugar cane fields where Castro held his power tightly and people were oppressed by communism.

I heard this song sung by Lee Greenwood at a USO concert over a decade ago. During most of the concert, the young Air Force recruits were whooping it up, but when he sang this song, there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd.

I remember during the 2000 election thinking, "Well, we survived 8 years of Clinton--we'll survive Gore if he's elected. But since I'll be living overseas, I'd really rather have Bush and his foreign policy team in the White House." This was before 9/11, and I've been thankful every year we've lived overseas for Bush, Cheney, Powell, and Rice.

And on this Independence Day, I'm encouraging you to be sure you are registered to voite--and vote for George W.

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AMEN!

Dana
(long time lurker--first time commenter)

Posted by: Dana at July 5, 2004 01:44 PM

One of my best concert experiences was watching Greenwood do that song live! Gave me chills.!

Posted by: Thia at July 5, 2004 02:49 PM

Love the song! Though I wonder if the families of the recently beheaded Americans - Nick Berg, Paul Johnson(?), Wassef Hassoun, Keith Maupin, etc share your appreciation of Bush's foreign policy.

Posted by: AutMom at July 5, 2004 06:08 PM

I don't think my vote counted in the 2000 election, because we had just moved and the DMV messed up my registration. I was not the only one who ran into this complication, and I may be paranoid, but I was really wondering whether my registration wasn't derailed by a vigilante democrat. In any case, I should be good to go this time around!

Posted by: Lenise at July 6, 2004 04:01 PM

Well, Autmom. . .

A lot of families have faced great loss and struggles since 9/11, including the families of those you've mentioned.

In the big picture, however, I believe the Bush foreign policy team has responded very well, and better than I project the Gore guys would have.

Clinton's responses and non-responses to terrorism were lackluster. I assume, Gore being Clinton's VP, would have reacted similarly. What were Clinton's responses? Nothing. Or bombing a Sudanese aspirin factory. Or similar slap-on-the-wrist actions. And what was the result? Terrorism against US-connected places escalated until it hit NYC.

Bush responded strongly and we've had news of other attempts being nipped in the bud. Do most people live day-by-day in fear of terrorism? No.

I speculate that Gore's response would have been similar to Clinton's, and terrorists would have been emboldened to strike, and strike again--and the resulting fear would still be with us.

And honestly, living in a country where I stick out as an American, I've felt vulnerable from time to time. And I feel much more secure with the current administration than I would with Gore, or from what I've seen, of Kerry.

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 6, 2004 05:20 PM

Though I wonder if the families of the recently beheaded Americans - Nick Berg, Paul Johnson(?), Wassef Hassoun, Keith Maupin, etc share your appreciation of Bush's foreign policy.

There's so much wrong with that question that I don't know where to begin. But based on published reports you should know that Paul Johnson's family lays the responsibility directly at the feet of the Saudi government. Keith Maupin's dad is a former Marine, and I suspect he understands the nature of war, even as he deals with its fallout.

Posted by: Eric at July 7, 2004 02:45 AM


 
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