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"It's the Fourth of July every day in America"
Ventura Star, July 7, 2004

By Terry Paulson, PhD
http://www.unitedwecanwin.com


He said with enthusiasm, "Did I tell you that I won the lottery." "No," I replied surprised. "Yeah, I live in America! May I never forget that!" But we do. On this 4th of July weekend, I was reminded again of how blessed we are every day.

God bless America…for traditions that keep what we value alive.

Our weekend started with a celebration of what's right about America when we watched the just-released documentary, America's Heart and Soul. We marveled, laughed and cried as we watched the rich mosaic of Americans from an Appalachian rug weaver saying, "I've been broke many times but never poor," to Rev. Cecil William's stirring and diverse worship service at Glade Memorial Church in San Francisco. From Democrats to Republicans, from east to west, and from rich to poor, we watched Americans live out the American Dream their way!

God bless America…for the many becoming one diverse mosaic!

Frustrated by France's President Chirac's continued reluctance to offer support to the fledgling government in Iraq, I remembered the comment by my limo driver on my recent consulting trip to the UK. Upset with France's lack of support, the driver said, "Don't believe what they say in the papers. Many of us remember what America did to keep us free. I would rather we be the 51st star on the U.S. flag than stay with France and Germany in the EU." Some Europeans still remember what America means to the world.

God bless America…for the resolve to do what is right even when not popular.

Worshipping on July 4th helped remind us of the many blessings and responsibilities we have been given by God in this great country. Our pastor at Westlake Lutheran shared stories about our Founding Fathers and the faith that sustained them-a faith that secured religious tolerance but affirmed the importance of God in securing our rights and our country. We were inspired by President George Washington who professed his Christian faith openly-"True religion offers to government its surest support." "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." Washington found strength in daily prayer and in reading the Bible. May we continue to affirm…"In God We Trust!"

God bless America…for freedom of religion.

Joining 4,000 others at the Reagan Presidential Library, we gave tribute to the man and to the country he served. There were people dressed as Presidents and soldiers from wars long since passed. All were living out their patriotism in their own unique ways. It reminded me of what I loved most about Ronald Reagan; he believed that the strength of America isn't found in Washington or Sacramento. The strength of America comes from the common man-men and women living and working to keep America strong and vital.

God bless America…and America's common man.

I was inspired by the comments of Elie Wiesel in Parade Magazine on "Why I am an American." Elie first encountered American soldiers as he was freed from the Buchenwald Concentration camp. He remembered and received the tears of the young soldiers "as if they were heartrending offerings from a wounded and generous humanity." He wrote: "America understands that a nation is great not because its economy is flourishing or its army invincible but because its ideals are loftier. Hence America's desire to help those who have lost their freedom to conquer it again. America's credo might read as follows: For an individual, as for a nation, to be free is an admirable duty--but to help others become free is even more admirable."

God bless America…and immigrants who still choose to become Americans!

Reading the conflicted reports on the condition of U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, my attention was drawn to the music playing on my stereo-the heartfelt prayer sung by Jean Valjean from Les Miserables as he prayed for the life of a young soldier. It is a prayer every American-whether Christian, Moslem or Jew-would pray on this day to bring back our young men and women. "God on high, hear my prayer. In my need you have always been there. He is young. He's afraid. … He is only a boy. You can take. You can give. Let him be. Let him live. If I die, let me die. Let him live. Bring him home…." As Americans we want all our young women and men home, but we want them home with freedom's work done. Freedom has never been and never will be free. May we never forget those who do not come home.

God bless America…for the men and women who fight for freedom.

Ending the day with family watching fireworks, emotions surfaced as I thought of the words from Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA: "If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life, and I had to start again with just my children and my wife, I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today, 'cause the flag still stands for freedom, and they can't take that away." May it be July 4th every day. Yes, I did win the lottery as well. We all did.

God bless America every day…forever in freedom…Amen!

Terry Paulson, Ph.D., from Agoura Hills, CA, is a professional speaker on making change work and author of The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have

—May we never forget how truly blessed we are!

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