Thursday, July 4, 2019

Celebrate America--No Matter What!

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Hi! I know it's been forever since I posted something on this blog. I've been wondering whether or not to continue it myself. But for today, I decided to post something, because it's something I'm sure most people need to hear.

Today is July 4, Independence Day here in America. Some people are celebrating as usual. Others, however, probably aren't. They probably don't feel like celebrating. I don't blame them. Considering recent events and revelations, it's hard to feel that America's really worth celebrating.

If you're not feeling especially patriotic this year, or you haven't felt patriotic for a long time, that's okay. Your feelings are valid. There's a lot going on in our country and world, and most of it isn't good. So if you don't feel like you're up for celebrating America, that's okay. I know how you feel. However, let me offer some words of encouragement.

I know many folks aren't feeling patriotic because of things happening in America. My advice for them is to celebrate anyway. Don't let bad things done by bad people in our country make you feel bad. There's nothing bad people love more than making other people feel bad. If you allow them to make you feel bad, then they have won. Don't let them win. Celebrate America in spite of them!

After 9/11, we were told to go on with our daily lives despite what happened that day. Allowing the terrorists to affect our daily lives would have meant that they had won. Bad people want you to feel bad. Don't let them make you feel bad. Don't let them win.

Anyone with open eyes and open hearts know there are bad people in our government doing bad things, and what they're doing is most likely making other people feel ashamed to be an American. Don't let them make you feel bad about being an American. Don't let them win. Be proud to be an American!

Also, this Independence Day, let's celebrate what REALLY makes America great. We are a country built by immigrants. Diversity is our strength. Multiculturalism is our culture. That is what makes America great. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Celebrate America!

Sine this is a Disney blog, allow me to share something Disney-related relevant for today. Here's the song "New World Bound" from the American Adventure in Epcot. Let's never forget that some of the first people from the New World were refugees fleeing religious persecution and seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Our country was built by immigrants and refugees. Never forget that!

There's a land cross this ocean,
I'm waiting to see.
A land for these people
who dream to be free.
So stand by the mainsail,
the fierce storms will race
aloft with our king mates
King Neptune we'll face.

You think that these landlubbers
never would last,
this cargo of pilgrims,
twelve weak for the mast.

It's "Land ho!" me hardies,
at last we've arrived.
and praise be to God,
nearly all have survived.

But look o'er this wilderness,
brings me to dread,
that the first bitter winter
will leave 'em all dead.

They call themselves pilgrims,
these poor wretched souls.
With a dream to be free,
in the new world, their goal.