America the Beautiful the Verse that Matters

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America the Beautiful the Verse that Matters

On the 4th of July I nor­mally post the dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence but it hit me that given our divi­sions these days a bet­ter choice would be these lines from the 2nd verse of Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful which I think cap­tures what we are and what we should be perfectly:

Amer­ica! Amer­ica! God mend thine every flaw,
Con­firm thy soul in self-​control, Thy lib­erty in law!

Why does this mat­ter, think about it:

God mend thine every flaw. Says that while we rightly cel­e­brate our coun­try we acknowl­edge that we have flaws as all do and call on a power greater than us to allow them to be solved.

Con­firm thy soul in self-​control, Reminds us that self con­trol for a coun­try, like for a per­son strength­ens one’s soul. The abil­ity to act with calm delib­er­a­tion when oth­ers are in panic is what a leader and a great nation and great peo­ple do.

Thy lib­erty in law! The sign of a free peo­ple is when not pop­u­lar pas­sion, wealth or power rule, but law. We are free when we are ruled by law and will­ing to be ruled by law, and when we don’t like said laws, we can work to elect those who will pass laws we do like while still obey­ing the laws in force.

Those lines are the secret of America’s great­ness and we aban­don them at our peril

Have a great 4th!

On the 4th of July I normally post the declaration of Independence but it hit me that given our divisions these days a better choice would be these lines from the 2nd verse of America the Beautiful which I think captures what we are and what we should be perfectly:

America! America! God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!

Why does this matter, think about it:

God mend thine every flaw. Says that while we rightly celebrate our country we acknowledge that we have flaws as all do and call on a power greater than us to allow them to be solved.

Confirm thy soul in self-control, Reminds us that self control for a country, like for a person strengthens one’s soul. The ability to act with calm deliberation when others are in panic is what a leader and a great nation and great people do.

Thy liberty in law! The sign of a free people is when not popular passion, wealth or power rule, but law. We are free when we are ruled by law and willing to be ruled by law, and when we don’t like said laws, we can work to elect those who will pass laws we do like while still obeying the laws in force.

Those lines are the secret of America’s greatness and we abandon them at our peril

Have a great 4th!