Charlottesville - What Unites Us

Charlottesville Aftermath: What Unites Us

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday, which included the tragedy of 3 lost lives, depicted an America hopelessly divided.  The “Dis-United States” is a theme we hear daily in the media.  But don’t believe the hype… the mainstream media benefits from our division, and as terrible as Charlottesville was, only a couple of hundred people bothered to show up.  On the leftist-progressive side, many were likely paid to attend.

Watching TV and watching Congress, you may get the sense we are a nation that cannot agree on anything, but that is simply not true. Americans have much more that unites us than divides us, and the more we remember this, the less sway the media will have over our daily lives.

Consider These Unifying, All-American Ideals:

  1. 91% of Americans believe citizenship defines being an American. You can’t get 91% of Americans to agree on hardly anything, but you can apparently get them to agree that being an American is defined by having actual, legal U.S. citizenship.  This was determined in a poll after the election in December 2016, by the VOTER STUDY GROUP, and reported in the Washington Post.
  2. 93% believe you should respect American institutions. This number seems very high, right?  Well, it wasn’t talking about Congress.  The survey question polled included the military, firefighters, police, the courts, and local social organizations (Rotary). This is an important number considering the signals we receive from the media are the public doesn’t trust anyone anymore.  This poll suggests that is not the case (same VOTER STUDY GROUP polling).
  3. 85% of Americans believe you must learn English. Although a gap opens here between political affiliations, still a whopping 75% of Democrats surveyed believe American citizens must learn English (96% of Republicans).
  4. We love our sports and leisure. Biking, hiking, auto racing, baseball, college football, and professional football are all important to the American people. Americans can argue to their last breath who the best Quarterback in history is (outside of Atlanta, Tom Brady has surpassed Joe Montana?), but we collectively relish our weekend rituals and competitive leisure time.  The most watched television events in planetary history are usually the Olympics.  The moon landing was watched by close to 14% of all people on the Earth at the time.  As of today, the largest watched TV show was the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics – where half the world, 3.2 billion people, was measured to have watched.  In America, 9 of the top ten rated shows of all time?  The Super Bowl.

 Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet…everyone remembers that old commercial from the 1970s.  Americans of all races, colors and creeds can agree on things that unite us, and they are far greater than that which divides us.

 

 

But that is the whole point about being an American, isn’t it?  You can disagree in the marketplace of ideas, you are entitled to your own opinion, and no one should have the right to infringe on your freedoms.  “Freedom,” that is truly what it means to be an American, and that is something we all share and treasure.

We are Americans with a capital “A.”  Americans are not hopelessly divided. The media and fringe elements are trying to divide us, but they cannot succeed unless we let them.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday America - 4th of July Flag!

Happy Birthday America!

This is the week of our July 4th national holiday – Independence Day!  Americans across the country, and the world, will be celebrating the country’s Declaration of Independence signed and ratified in 1776… we are now officially 241 years old!

USA Flag - Happy July 4th!

The last decade has not been easy, and neither have the last 6-7 months.  Despite the election of a new President, we seem to be enduring some of the most divisive and conflicting domestic issues we have seen in some time.  Combined with a world that is interconnected and more dangerous than ever before, it would seem that America is facing great challenges in the near future.

But we have faced down even greater difficulties in the past, and the challenges set before us are no match for the God-fearing, faith-inspired, freedom-loving spirit that is found in each and every American across this great country of ours!

The 4th of July is not only a time to celebrate the birth of the nation, but also a time to celebrate and reflect on those whose sacrifices have made our freedom possible.  This July 4th, all Americans should take time to give thanks for those who gave their lives, our veterans here at home, and the men and women serving across the world. They have the duty of ensuring the safety, security and prosperity of many peoples and places, and most importantly, the safety, security and prosperity of their fellow Americans.  From Yorktown to Gettysburg….from San Juan Heights to Belleau Wood… from Bastogne to Iwo Jima… from the Chosin Reservoir to the City of Hue… from Panama to 73 Easting… as the 21st Century dawned, the new battlefields would have names such as Tora Bora and the fall of Baghdad. Americans have fought and won battles across the planet for over two centuries… ALL in the name of freedom!  The greatest fighting men and women in world history have spilled their blood, and our treasure, for the freedom of all mankind.  Their service is to be remembered as the main reason we celebrate this July 4th!

Battle of 73 Easting, Iraq 1991

Battle of 73 Easting, Iraq, 1991

Iwo Jima, March 1945

Iwo Jima

Yorktown

March 1945 Yorktown

 

In celebration of our national holiday, we have listed our Top 10 Fun Facts about July 4th!

10. Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the same day – July 4th, 1826.

9. The Declaration of Independence was actually “declared” on July 2nd, not July 4th.  July 2nd was the date that the Continental Congress passed the official resolution declaring their independence from Great Britain.  July 4th was the date Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

8. The only signers to actually sign the declaration on July 4th were John Hancock and Charles Thompson.

7. There are 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.  

6. The last to sign it was Thomas McKean of Delaware, who did not get his signature affixed to the document until 1781!

5. Over 200 copies were ordered from printer John Dunlap, and would be commonly referred to as the Dunlap Broadsides.  Only 26 original copies remain today.

4. President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th, 1872.  

3. The average age of the signers was 45.  The youngest was Thomas Lynch of South Carolina, age 27.  The oldest was Benjamin Franklin, who was 70.  Thomas Jefferson was 33.

2. Ronald Reagan’s July 4th, 1981 was widely remembered for its most quintessential American spirit: “….Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.  Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.”

1. The oldest continuous 4th of July celebration is in Bristol, Rhode Island – it began in 1785 and has been happening every 4th of July since!

When grilling out this holiday or while heading to the beach, remember those freedoms we enjoy were bought with a price. Celebrate and remember those who paid the bill.

Happy July 4th!  God bless you and your family, and God bless the United States of America!!!