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America The Beautiful

I was born in 1979, during the death throes of the Great Doldrum that spanned the years from LBJ to Carter. The world was about to change. America was about to become beautiful again. By the time I turned ten years old, the recession was a distant memory, the Cold War was won with the economic collapse of the Soviet Union and the tearing of the Iron Curtain. Computers were born. Video Games spread like wildfire. Families flew Old Glory from their porches.

I lived in Timonium, Maryland, in a quiet suburban neighborhood. We had parades to celebrate the Fourth of July. I remember riding my bicycle with red, white, and blue streamers hanging from my handle bars. I remembered how somber and serious the national anthem was before sporting events, especially Major League Baseball’s All Star Game. Patriotism was again in vogue. In the summers, kids would play outside, unsupervised from dawn to dusk, but never too far from the watchful eyes of a hundred neighborhood parents.

President Reagan was in the Oval Office after overwhelming the Republican and Democrat establishments that were committed to silencing him. America was back to work. Technology boomed. Even Hollywood was patriotic. One of my favorite movies as a teenager had no violence, no nudity, no cursing, and no evil. It had baseball. It had Ray Charles singing America the Beautiful on the Fourth of July while the neighborhood kids played ball under the dazzling light of fireworks exploding and then floating overhead. Anyone remember The Sandlot?

I sort of forgot the power of that song for quite some time. Until just after September 11th, 2001, when Ray Charles sang it again in New York. It was amazing.

I haven’t felt that way since, however. Why? What happened to America the Beautiful? What happened to being an American, to it meaning something? An when it DID mean something, what did it mean?

Primarily, it meant liberty. It meant independence. It meant self-reliance. It meant individual sovereignty. It also meant work ethic, and morality, and community. I’m not talking about being my brothers keeper. I’m talking about just being a good neighbor. I’m talking about economic ethics as well. Saving for our own retirements. Saving for our own health care. Saving for our own desires and dreams. I’m thinking about an America where people work and create and invest and encourage, and not an America where people take, and compete for the spoils of a progressive tax system. I’m thinking of an America that doesn’t require entitlements and regulations and affirmative action.

I want to feel good about America. For that to happen America actually has to BE good. I think it’s time to fight for our faith and our values and our great love of liberty. Once again, I believe America is ready to be beautiful. We need an America of Liberty, Patriotism, and Independence. That starts with each of us.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “America The Beautiful”

  1. Robert "Sarge" Bruce says:

    As you wrote: “We need an America of Liberty, Patriotism, and Independence. That starts with each of us.”

    Indeed and thanx for this heartfelt cry as well as your kind agreement to talk to the King William T.E.A. Party on May 8th.

    Please consider joining me an many, many other military veterans and other patriots in DC beginning May 16th for OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING. Info here: http://patriotsforamerica.ning.com/

    Very best, Robert “Sarge” Bruce
    Secretary, King William T.E.A. Party

    • Sarge, I’m looking forward to it. I am inspired by the strength of the Virginia T.E.A Parties and their commitment to staying involved. I suppose when you live this close to the new Rome, when you see up close what is going on in our capital, it is increasingly difficult to ignore it. I’m proud of Virginia. I believe that we are on the brink of a real cultural and political revolution in our State, despite the ever increasing obstacles. I don’t see conservatives, constitutionalists, or libertarians in Virginia giving up as things get worse. I see them gearing up. And that’s what we’re going to do.

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