Freedom

I found this next video, seemingly hot off the presses, on 12-2-18…there are a lot of conservative & common sense voices displayed throughout!

This next video reminds us that freedom is never free…

I believe this song was inspired by 9-11 & it’s very moving!

I found the above video on a page featuring tweets at Stella’s Place here & immediately below is Stella’s explanation of Toby Keith’s song’s backstory…

This morning’s Twitter hits …

stella says:

Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)’

At a media event, Keith shared the story behind “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).” Read on to read his memories.

My father had begged me for years to go on USO Tours, and I was so busy — we were doing 130 shows a year — that I just didn’t have it in my schedule. Finally, he passed away in March [of 2001], and then 9/11 happened. I was like, “Now I have to go honor him.”

I was sitting out there, just a few days after the [Twin] Towers came down. I was working out in the gym, and I heard these talking heads say, “Well, I guess we could bomb them. That would be so the American way,” and I was like, “What just happened to us? Are we supposed to just stand by and let this happen? Could we not be mad as hell about this?”

I wrote [“Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”] on the back of a Fantasy Football sheet that was laying there; I just turned it and wrote around the edges and, in about 20 minutes, wrote the lyric out and called it “The Angry American.” When I turned it in, they said, “Well, it really doesn’t say ‘angry American’ in there. Why don’t you call it “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue?”” So, I did.

I was at the Pentagon, playing for a bunch of Marines that were shipping out to Afghanistan for the first time … I said, “I’m going to play this song. The band doesn’t know it, but I’m going to play it on my acoustic …” And when I got done, [the commander] said, “You’ve got to release that as a single … That’s the most amazing battle song I’ve ever heard in my life.” And so I prayed about it and discussed it with everybody for a long time, because I knew it was going to cause a storm. But at the end of the day, I was like, “If it means that much to those guys, then I don’t care. I’ll do it.” And that’s when we finally decided we were going to release it.

[My dad] would be so angry right now to know that we’ve gotten so soft. He was a Yellow Dog Democrat; he was a lifetime Democrat. In fact, my brother, who is a preacher, he’s the first Republican who’s ever been in my family. So my dad, he always was like, “Everybody feels like everybody’s getting their toes stepped on these days. Everybody has to have thicker skin, and you can’t be that soft on things. You have to be stronger and know right from wrong, instead of right from left.” And I thought, man,

when those buildings came down, he would be really angry.

[My dad] was a true patriot: He never complained about his eye, [which he lost while serving]. He never complained about the time he served or how they treated him after. He just went back to work. He was just a good, old, solid cat.

https://theboot.com/toby-keith-courtesy-of-the-red-white-and-blue-the-angry-american-lyrics/

Now I’m sad and angry at the same time.

First Amendment Freedoms on full display!

This is a video about the Boat Rescue of 9/11 & most of the suggested videos that come up on the full screen version I watched I hope to watch eventually…I’ll put the link below to the page I copied this from.  God Bless the USA…

General Discussion, Friday, July 21, 2017

Here is another reminder to never forget 9-11:

Revolutionary War Era

I ran across a well done video showing period journaling & imagery loosely associated with the times & places.  It contains music of the era as well.  This is especially moving to me as I have a Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor, Captain Orringh Stoddard, who signed up on April 19, 1775, perhaps after hearing Paul Revere’s call to arms.

Orringh Stoddard served in the Massachusetts  Militia, signed up in Stockbridge in Berkshire, Co. MA.  After the war he moved to the Broome County New York area.  He was also part of a group of men who treated with the Indians in that time period (late 1700s-early 1800s.

Although the words & experiences are of the poster’s ancestor because of the similarity of their situations I like to think that some of what was seen & experienced paralleled my own ancestor’s experiences too.  This video does a decent job of bringing a long lost era of our partriotic American heritage to life!

Here is the creator of the video’s post describing her work:

Henry Livingston’s Revolutionary War Diary to the Hudson River Painters and Period Music. Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (1744-1828), my 5th great grandfather, went with his cousin’s husband, Major General Richard Montgomery, on the 1775 invasion of Canada. These were short term enlistments, so he became major of the 3rd NY in August and returned home in late December. The diary is shown along with the Hudson River School’s images of the terrain. The music was transcribed from Henry Livingston’s handwritten music manuscript, one of the largest such books of the period.

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  • I’ve been keeping this page as an open tab for half a month wanting to watch your video. Thank you so much for sharing this! As I also have a Revolutionary War Patriotic ancestor I saved a copy of your video to my blog here:
    https://specialconnections.wordpress.com/freedom/

    Do you have a place online where you compile your genealogical &/or historical findings? I would love to see more of your creations.

    What a blessing to have your ancestor’s writings & compositions to be able to get a flavor of the humble, godly, & patriotic man he was. Including images from the era &/or area was a great way to help us all travel back in time to a different way of life, when our nation was young & fighting to be free–yet not ashamed of it’s godly foundations.

    God’s best blessings to you…from an unofficial daughter of the American Revolution…

The original post & my reply are found here:

Sunday April 29th – Open Thread

 

I ran across a test of “civic literacy” & here is how I did:

“Results

  • You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email americancivicliteracy@isi.org.You can consult the following table to see how citizens and elected officials scored on each question.

Incorrect Answers

  • Question:Which of the following fiscal policy combinations has the federal government most often followed to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?
    Your Answer: increasing both taxes and spending
    Correct Answer: decreasing taxes and increasing spending
  • Question:Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning because:
    Your Answer: more tax revenue can be generated from free enterprise
    Correct Answer: the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends
  • Question:In 1935 and 1936 the Supreme Court declared that important parts of the New Deal were unconstitutional. President Roosevelt responded by threatening to:
    Your Answer: impeach several Supreme Court justices
    Correct Answer: appoint additional Supreme Court justices who shared his views
  • Question:What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”?
    Your Answer: Declaration of Independence
    Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address
  • Question:If taxes equal government spending, then:
    Your Answer: government debt is zero
    Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average
  • Question:International trade and specialization most often lead to which of the following?
    Your Answer: a decrease in a nation’s standard of living
    Correct Answer: an increase in a nation’s productivity”

This is what is typical:

“Quiz Information

  • Full Civic Literacy Exam (from our 2008 survey)

    Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.”

Why don’t you try this test too & see how your knowledge stacks up?  Some of the answers I “guessed” correctly & some were pretty well known.  Honestly I was pretty pleased to see that I passed the test with a B- so that means my alleged knowledge is slightly above average.  There were multiple questions on topics that I’ve had zero formal education but apparently have picked up some of that knowledge a bit since school…Check out the test yourself here:

 

http://www.isi.org/quiz.aspx?q=FE5C3B47-9675-41E0-9CF3-072BB31E2692

 

Here is the link for a page where you can download several books for free:

https://home.isi.org/students/free-ebooks

The below video is a reminder that freedom is never free.  This man & his family has paid a heavy price for our freedoms.  He is a hero & worthy of honor…

More videos reminding us of the price of freedom.  These videos are posted weekly at the Conservative Treehouse on the Presidential page:

The following video was found here originally:

Knowing What We Know Now, We Must Remind Ourselves….

Here’s another gem from the Conservative Treehouse posters:

I found the above video here originally:

Thursday November 1st – Open Thread

Here’s a witty take on freedom of speech found at TCTH in comments:

This succinct citizen’s reminder of the importance of the Constitution & the 2nd Amendment, also posted at the Conservative Treehouse, is right on target!

Here is a moving admonition by Paul Harvey, skillfully woven with applicable imagery & music, to challenge us to return to our heritage of freedom, found at CTH:

Here is a classic comedy gem by the 3 Stooges, perhaps playing for a WWII era audience either overseas or on a bond-drive tour.  My brothers & I could all quote this “Niagara Falls” dialog through the “inch by inch” part.  Come to think of it I believe my kids can too!  Please enjoy some silly slapstick by patriotic American icons…

updated this page on 8-8-18, 9-15-18, 11-1-18, 11-15-18, 11-17-18, 3-1-19 & 4-1-19…

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