This weekend is a time to reflect on the day when the Declaration of Independence was signed by men of vision, hope, and optimism. It was the day when men freely declared their separation from a monarchy that was growing more and more oppressive, as days wore on. It came about because that oppressive agent was content to punish its subject for wanting to taste liberty, and embrace it.
Those guys had to pay dearly over the next few years, because of it. They were terrorized and abused by forces loyal to that undeserving entity. They had to endure.
Through all of the ups and downs, we have been through a lot of rough spots and you know, we have weathered them all. Right now, we are going through another and the nation is looking for a leader who can lead, solve problems not create them, and a person who can make the right decisions that are based in reality and good sense.
In 1980, we felt the same way. We felt the malaise, the low self-esteem, and the shame of being a nation led by cowards. We saw firsthand what it was like to witness the near collapse of our system under an out of control government that didn't care to listen. We had double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, and low morale in the military, how could we feel the slightest bit hopeful? But when Ronald Reagan came along, we felt there was a chance that we really could do better. We learned that we could reach higher and expect better results. We believed we could conquer our fears and our demons.
This song was but one by-product of that time, right after we watched the people rise up and be counted:
Have a happy and safe Independence Day.
And as a an encore here's the man who sang it like he really meant it: