Â After I put the flags out front this morning and came back in to look at the ones being waved hereÂ at Unified Patriots, and getting a real treat in watching the old clips of celebrity patriots of the past, I got to thinking about our days of yesteryear in America and all that has happened -Â in the world, in America and concerning me personally in the six decades I have been around.Â Â When I noticed the banner up over at Matt Drudge’s place -Â Â “America: 235 years” – I thoughtÂ “Wow, that’s a long time!” Â And then I realized that I, just little old me, have been around for over one quarter of our country’s entire existence.Â My grandfather was born in 1896, so I only have to go back three or four ‘greats’ and I am right back there in the good old colonial days, as would be many of you.
Â Â Â Â On Independence Day, as duly noted by several of my brothers and sisters here today, we celebrate the birth of our nation and those who conceived it and those who made it a reality and those who have kept it for us all this time.Â We have come here to Unified Patriots in the weeks and months immediately preceeding this Fourth of July, 2011 to form a ….partnership of sorts.Â A partnership of beliefs, ideas, of activity.Â We find it necessary to do so because we recognize certain dangers and perils to the America we celebrate today.Â Not said often enough, speaking for myself at least, is that there has been a certain responsibility, or shirking of same, on the part ofÂ us ‘25%ers’Â who have been around long enough and seen and experienced enough to have known long before now that it was slipping away; that the 235 years might just be about close to the extent of it.Â Not all of us, mind you, for there are a number ofÂ you who have been awake and alert and working around the edges and behind the scenes and sometimes shouting from the rooftops.Â Â Having duly saluted the founders and our military heroes, we now turn and salute you ‘right wing extremists’, as you are often referred to by the propagandists of the elite left-wing cabal.
Â Â Â Â Â But regarding those slackers, sleepers and otherwise preoccupiedÂ of us who, however belatedly, haphazardly or even uncertainly just showed up -Â Â at least we are here.Â And what a joy to be here.Â As well as the fellowship of community and sense of purpose and realization of consequence, there is so much intellectual stimulation, wit, humor, yes, even poetry here.Â So many dots are connected in a philosophicalÂ yet practical and, dare we say spiritual?, Â manner that it is hard to believe sometimes that we are just commoners.Â No ‘entitled’, no ‘bluebloods’, no ‘effete corps of impudent snobs’ to be found here.Â Just we the people.
Â Â Â Â The founders of this place, like the founders of our country, recognized the value and worth of the commoner, the individual member of society, the citizen, the respecter of God, country, family and human dignity.Â Oh, yes, there were, are and always will be heroes and men and women of great accomplishment, in the country at large and in our own midst.Â And the Keepers.Â We especially are indebted to the Keepers, in or out of uniform.Â But in the end, you do get a prize for just showing up.Â You get a service medal.Â You get an ‘attaboy’.Â This is your country, just as much as it was John Adams’ or my grandfather’s, or my father’s, or any of the Medal of Honor winners celebrated on these pages just a few days ago.
Â Â Â Â Â It was proposed in the halls of academia and duly reported by the faithful press recently that those who make it a point and a tradition and who in fact get a kick out of celebrating the Glorious Fourth, tend to be…..Republicans and conservatives.Â Yes, you flag-waving right-wingers out there, they’ve got your number.Â Well, whatever.Â What goes unsaid but begs to be understoodÂ in the reportage like that, is that the assumption is that you are also knuckledraggers and mind-numbed robots.Â Nothing could be farther from the truth, as I alluded to earlier in recounting the goings-on here at Unified Patriots, and of course at other patriotic and traditionalist forums.Â You are prescient, perceptive, Â passionate stakeholders in this thing called America.Â And you are to be commended and recognized for whatever your contribution, large or small.Â You may celebrate the Fourth in the ways the press describes – attending parades, waving flags, cooking hot dogs, listening to patriotic recitations on the courthouse lawn.Â You may celebrate by buying rounds at the pub for the boys and girls home on leave or the Viet Nam vets so callously used and abused in our recent sordid past, Â or you may simply mark the occasion by curling up with a good example of historical Americana, or by penning an essay.Â Whatever you do, always remember that this country belongs to you.Â It is yours.Â
Â Â Â Â When I put the three little flags out front this morning, that was for the holiday, to show the spirit of the occasion, to brag about being patriotic, to honor the nation and its founders, its heroes, the precious documents which guide and sustain us.Â Parenthetically, mine were the only flags I observed up and down the block today.Â But that’s okay.Â Unlike the Harvard scholars and the New York Times, I am not quick to judge.Â Â But I wanted to convey, as the 235th Anniversary of the Great Statement draws to a close this evening, that the flag that I hoisted up on the shed out in theÂ back yard, as I do on many celebratory occasions and many, well, just ordinary American days,Â that oneÂ is for the entire American community of patriots, whether they call themselves that or not.Â And especially it is for you, the brothers and sisters of our small but growing community of Unified Patriots.Â You are Great Americans.