Monday, July 19, 2010

"I Am The Nation"

I was writing this for the Fourth of July, when my keyboard quit on me. So I decided to post just some of it, this came from Johnny Cash on Youtube.

I was born on July 4, 1776, and the Declaration of Independence is my birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world run in my veins, because I offered freedom to the oppressed, I am many things and many people, I am the nation.

I am Nathan Hale, Paul Revere, I stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard around the world. I am Washington, Jefferson and Patrick Henry, I am John Paul Jones, the Green Mountain Boys, and Davey Crockett, and Lee, and Grant and Abe Lincoln.

I am big, I sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific, my arms reach out to embrace Alaska and Hawaii, I'm 3 million square miles, throbbing with industry. I am more than 5 million farms, I am forest, field, mountain and desert, I am quiet villages and cities that never sleep

Yes, I am the nation, and these are the things that I am, I was conceived in freedom and God willing in freedom I will spend the rest of my days.

May I possess always the integrity, the courage and the strength to keep myself unshackled, to remain a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world. This is my wish, my goal, my prayer .

I left out a few paragraphs, but you get the idea of how our nation feels, if she could speak. I am sure our nation would have a lot of criticism toward how we have treated her over the 234 years since she was born. I am sure you all had a very nice fourth. I love our nation and I wanted to express it in these lyrics, Johnny Cash passed away in September, 2003.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

Lovely to have you back
I enjoyed as usual the post, Wonderful words. the 4th of July for me is special , my first Grandchild was born in 1998, just 2 months before his grandfather passed away.
Take care and once again lovely to hear from you.

A New Beginning said...

Welcome back Margaret!!!So good to hear from you!!!!!nice post, thanks for sharing!:)

Kay said...

Hi Margaret! It's great to see you again. This was a very lovely post. I worry about the direction that some people are trying to drive our nation also, forgetting that there are all kinds of people of different backgrounds and belief.

Judy said...

Great to have you back again! Love the post and always loved Johnny Cash. One of my favorite country singers. The movie of his life is really good, too. I'm sure our nation would not be too pleased with us.

Patty said...

Very nice post. Glad to see you back. Sorry you've been having problems with your computer. Hope it's all fixed now. More later.

Anonymous said...

This nation or this country was forested from the east coast to the Mississippi River and then westward to California were streams so pure the fish could be counted. Nobody ever saw a muddy river. Guess what. You could pay your taxes back east by killing your choice -- wolf scalps or squirrel scalps. And they pretty much went the way of the great 4o million bison herds and the passenger pigeons.

If Mother Nature gets her way, she will cook us and when all traces of us are gone she will revert back to what she does best. The way it was.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Margaret:)

Very inspiring and insightful post.

America is not only a free nation but loves freedom in all countries. I love the way George Bush gave freedom to people in Afghanistan and Iraq despite opposition from several quarters.

Long live America and freedom all over the world.

Best wishes:)

Merle said...

Dear Margaret ~~ Great post about 4th July
and I love Johnny Cash and his music too.
Sorry you had keyboard trouble and it is nice to see you back. I have had a few problems, but should be OK now. Glad you enjoyed the stories and jokes my friend.
Take care, Love, Merle.

anilkurup said...

Hello ,
I stumbled upon your blog. And this post is I m certain the best eulogy, respect and love for the motherland.
By far I have seen that Americans hold their country closer to the heart than any others.That is an inborn gift you folks have.
And as you noted if your nation could speak and I wish if only she could speak.....!

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