Header Image (book)


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Musical Interlude For Independence Day

This song always makes me cry tears of happiness and patriotism:

The choral version:

Happy Independence Day, America!

Reading for today from Political Tea Leaves: "All Hail Rodney this Independence Day." Excerpt:
...Rodney’s vote for independence was considered high treason and caused him to be branded a traitor to the Crown. As history records, Caesar Rodney gave up the possibility of receiving medical treatment in London because he voted and pledged his life, fortune and sacred honor for American Independence....
Read the whole thing.


  1. Happy Fourth of July !
    To you , Mr. AOW.
    And AMERICA!

  2. Have a great day! God Bless America!

  3. AOW,

    What is America to me? America is a place of blessing! smile

    Happy Independence Day!

    Tammy Swofford

  4. Have a great day to you and Mr. AOW. God bless America!

  5. Many men and women sacrificed mightily to birth this nation.

    God rest their souls.

  6. Wow, why don't we hear about Caesar Rodney?

    Am trying to get excited about the Fourth as I've always been in the past...this year? notsomuch...I'm so worried about the HOUSE WE LIVE IN..

    Have a great day (ignore me!)

  7. Z said:

    Wow, why don't we hear about Caesar Rodney?

    Good question.

    If I teach American History next term, I'll be sure to have my students learn about him.

  8. We don't hear much about Button Gwinnett, either. Studies usually suggest an example of an original Gwinnett signature would be valued only behind the likes of Julius Caesar and William Shakespeare, making Gwinnett’s by far the most valuable American autograph. Plus, his is a really cool name.

    Happy Independence Day, AOW!

  9. Great music. Thanks for sharing.

    I hope you and Mr. AOW are having a wonderful July 4th.

    Right Truth

  10. It's always a pleasure to hear good choral music like this sung well by a fine organization like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    I'd never heard this particular selection before. It's very nice –– speaks of a much more innocent, less cynical time though, doesn't it?

    Caesar Rodney is still a big name in the State of Delaware. At least one high school I know of was named after him.

    Better known, however, is John Dickinson who did NOT sign the Declaration of Independence, but later supported the Revolution. His house, which dates to the 1700's is open to the public. I've been there many times, even though it's a fine brick home in the Georgian style, it's hardly what=you'd-call an attractive place. The scholars got hold of it and stripped it of all pretension to beauty and refinement. being unwilling to allow us to live with our cherished illusions, they've done a lot of similar damage to Mount Vernon and other historic homes, and also toned down Colonial Williamsburg a great deal as well. The Governor's Palace there is nowhere near as "palatial" as it was when my parents honeymooned in Old Virginia, and when I was still a young man.

    The scholars see it as an important service to truth, but it seems more like a besmirchment of an age we once idolized unconditionally.

    Nowadays you're much more llkely to hear about the slaves and how poorly hey were treated than about the virtues and glories of the Founders. Naturally "the scholars" are much in sympathy with the revisionist approach, which i many instances amounts to a de facto "uglification," since nearly all scholars today are ardent, agenda-driven leftists.

    ~ FreeThinke

  11. A little while ago, Mr. AOW and returned from our VFW's July 4th cookout. I didn't have to cook tonight! Yeehaw!

    Storms are now moving in. **sigh**


  13. Mrs. AOW introduced me to this song. I really like the Sinatra version! I think that Sinatra performed this song at one of his concerts that we attended.

  14. Ron,
    True 'dat!


    Happy 4th of July, everyone!

  15. I hope you had a great Independence Day, AOW! :) Wonderful music, btw!

  16. The words of wisdom of America's Founding father very much apply to today in the war of Ideas with Islam and its militant jihadism.
    For example, Thomas Paine in his book THE AGE OF REASON wrote something which very much applies to Islam.
    He wrote, "Any system of religion which has anything in it that shocks a child, cannot be a true system."


We welcome civil dialogue at Always on Watch. Comments that include any of the following are subject to deletion:
1. Any use of profanity or abusive language
2. Off topic comments and spam
3. Use of personal invective

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.