The 4th of July

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The Country pauses to celebrate America's 232nd Birthday.

Most people are enjoying the day off from work, spending time with family and friends on this holiday and I think it's an absolutely perfect way to do so.

Unfortunately I have to work, I have since I started in television news.  But I can't help but feel so much pride for this wonderful country and the sacrifices so many have given to defend our freedom.  I'm so thankful to call myself an American.  I can't help but love things that Americans treasure like football, burgers off the grill and wearing my American flag colors with pride.

There's so much significance that goes into our American flag.  So many have died to protect it, others, such as people who were Naturalized today have studied hours of material to be a part of what it entails. 

I urge you to take a moment today to not be thankful just for a day off from work or getting an extended weekend, but to think about why you love America.

Happy Independence Day!!!  May yours be blessed and you have a safe holiday weekend :)

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 13, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    I thank God I was born an American. I could have had the misfortune to be born in so many other places in this world. I have been a few places in my life, and to those who have never left the confines of our border, they have no earthly idea how good we actually have it here. For those who continuously whine about suspension of habeas corpus in part or all together, I ask why?....Why do you care if someone from the federal government reads your emails, listens to your phone calls, or looks at your bank account? If you are committing no crimes you will never even know it happened. Do you really think that they have time to investigate everyone? They are looking for people who have designs on doing us harm. My question is...What are you up to that makes you so upset by this? As far as symbols, I will be happy to be counted among the "simple minded". I get very emotional to hear our national anthem and see our colors flying in the breeze. I don't care what Carlin thinks.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2008 at 08:33 PM
    The First Amendment guarantees your right to Freedom of Speech, it does not guarantee you the right to be heard nor the right not to face opposing opinion. For example, if I said your post sounded like idiotic, communistic, Anti American tripe your rights haven't been trampled on one bit. However, WITN can choose to edit or omit my or your comments entirely and since WITN is not the Government our 1st Amendment rights haven't been violated.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jul 6, 2008 at 09:31 AM
    Part 2. The Fourth Amendment covering Habeus Corpus has been practically scratched out of the Constitution. First Amendment rights covering freedom of speech and freedom of the press are constantly being challenged. Your government can spy on you or access e-mail or bank accounts in the name of the biggest falsehood of them all, "national security". The only one that seems to be in tact is, naturally, the Second Amendment. That has been a battleground for the gun lovers and progressives for years. As long as the neo-conservative far right and the evangelical christian movement say, "God, guns, guts, and glory", everything is OK. If one person challenges this, the majority are up in arms. "Land of the free and home of the brave" are long gone. It's too bad. However, we can return to being a great nation. It will time and effort, but it can happen.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jul 4, 2008 at 10:41 PM
    The 4th Of July has always meant to me being able to voice an opinion without any type of reprisal. However, ever since one September morning in 2001, that has changed. Dissent from the norm in the modern paradym is not just frowned upon. Sometimes it is seen as unpatriotic and even a sign of treason. I don't support our troops unless it means bringing them home and getting those who have been injured the help they need and deserve. I don't wear an American flag lapel pin, fly an American flag, or use other symbols to show my patriotism. In the words of the late George Carlin, "...I leave symbols to the simple-minded." I don't watch NASCAR or get a lump in my throat when "The Star Spangled Banner" is played. I do honor our Constitution and the rights that it gives to all Americans. Enjoy them while you can, folks.
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