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This blog is for posting history, trivia, information and resources about this experiment called:
The United States of America

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History, facts, pictures and information about how we came to have The Statue of Liberty; what she meant then and what she means today.

Make America Dream Again

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by Dahni
© 2015, all rights reserved

Yesterday Was National Moon Day and for me, it began with a status on my sister’s Facebook page and an incredible picture.

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Even though I live in New York, I do not live in New York City and I have never seen the Statue of Liberty in person. But she is an icon and a symbol of so much that evokes so much emotion and captures in her meaning and visage, the United States of America. She is on my ‘bucket list’ to one day or night, to experience with my own two eyes.

I was aware that the full moon of this month is called the Buck Moon, the Hay Moon or the Thunder Moon, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. I had recently heard that if the conditions were right, I just might be able to see it as a red moon this month. I am not too good at taking decent pictures at night with my cell phone, so it was time to take out my big-boy camera and tripod, to see what I could capture. As the following pictures show, my views went from red, to golden and then white as it was when I took it, high in the sky at approximately 1:30 AM, eastern standard time. Though the quality of my pictures are not the greatest, I marveled at their beauty in my own two eyes and the change of color, in such a short period of time.

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Red Moon – about 11:00 PM Wednesday 7/20/16 eastern standard time

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Golden Moon – around midnight Thursday, 7/20/16 eastern standard time

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Golden Moon (closeup with clouds covering) – 12:15 AM 7/21/16

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White Moon – (closeup) 1:30 AM, Thursday 7/21/16 eastern standard time

Earlier on the Wednesday 7/20/16, I was watching the news on TV, around noon. On July 3, 1995, astronaut Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a space shuttle and she was scheduled to speak in Cleveland, OH, Wednesday evening, 7/20/16. She became the first female shuttle pilot and commander to speak at a Republican National Convention. And why not, this is, after all, America!

I put two and two together (or three)— National Moon Day, Collins speaking at the convention and on 7/20,  47 years ago in 1969, the United States Landed the first people EVER, on the Moon.  I knew I wanted to hear Collins speak, but I caught very little of it, as I was trying to get set up to take pictures of the moon. I am glad it was re-broadcast and I caught it later. I saw a lot more than I was expecting!

Some people were a little upset that a certain former candidate did not endorse the republican nominee for president and there was some booing. Someone (someone against all of this) was quick to call them, “howling lunatics.” I wonder if they knew there was a full moon out and howling refers to wolves that supposedly howl when the moon is full? “Lunatics” has as its root, “luna,” which refers to the moon. I only mention this as we seem so divided now, perhaps even more so or at least equal to, the times of the so-called Civil (which I call the UN-civil) War? This division among us seems especially true politically, anyway. It seems WE has all but been replaced with ME?

me-myself-and-i and you-yourself-and-yours seem along way away from US, WE the People

The sun rules the day and reveals so much. It is too intense of a light to look upon with the naked eye, so we look down and at what lies before us. The moon rules the night. It is a light in the darkness. We are drawn to this, especially when it’s full, like a moth is drawn to the flame. We look up at the moon and wonder and dream. How long as a nation, as a people, have we had vision, for the future or dreamed? Not howling our discontent at the moon like lunatics, but dreamed?

We are now a people who are concerned or worry over or fear our future. The world seems on fire and even our neighborhoods, don’t feel safe anymore. Who has time to dream if you’re just trying to survive from pay check to pay check or just to get through the day? Now, people can seize upon these doubts, worries and fears and provide vision and leadership or keep us blind and divided.

Dividers separate, manipulate and keep us in the dark
Leaders give vision to guide us together to the light of liberty

-dahni-

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States (1961-1963), the youngest man elected to the office. He provided US with vision, vision to safely land people on the moon and return home. This he envisioned being possible, within the decade of when he first proposed such a thing. OUR dedication to this vision produced so much more than what we received! New technologies, businesses, methods, jobs and inventions were just some of the by-products, of all things necessary to land on the moon and safely return home. As incredible as this was, a vision is NOT, for a final destination, but a continual and continuous journey! WE stopped dreaming as a people, at least about space travel and discovery, in 1999. WE need to Dream and Dream BIG again! This was beautifully and succinctly stated by Neil Armstrong. On July 20, 1969, from the moon’s surface he said,

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!”

Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11

When should WE ever stop stepping or leaping? NEVER! Each night of the Republican Convention of 2016, there was a planned theme. On July 20, 2016, this theme was:

‘Make America First Again’

We used to be first at so many things. This is what made US, a ‘superpower’ in the world! WE had vision!

“Where there is no vision, the people wander aimlessly.”

Proverbs 29:18 Sanskrit Telugu

With vision, we have direction and can see clearly; our actions and our results bring more results, even far greater than what could be imagined. How apropos that on this National Moon Day and a day in history when the world was graced with the benefits of our landing on the moon! As this began with the image of the Statue of Liberty, with the moon at her back, so it will shortly end here, but hopefully NOT in your memory and your resolve. That image is, the purpose of unity among US, WE the People. WE need to look up as in the night sky towards the moon that rules the night. What I am trying to say here is more, so much more than sentimental hogwash or an emotional appeal; some feel-good! WE need to DREAM again! Only where there is Liberty do WE have the freedom to dream and dream big and lead others out of darkness! Ladies and gentlemen, this IS, the American Dream! Let’s dream again together and dream—

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This is what allowed US to become the greatest superpower, the world have ever known! WE were first because, WE were unified! WE had vision because, WE had the Liberty to DREAM! Let US, WE the People, with the American Dream, rise up together with this vision! Let US lead ourselves and our children; our families and friends and the strangers among us and the entire world! That’s what it means to be First, to have Vision, to draw out from the darkness to the Light of Liberty! Let US DREAM again, DREAM first and DREAM big !

At the end of this day, in trying to hear the speech by our country’s first female astronaut commander, I saw the following video. Enjoy it and share it with everyone, whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent! Just look up at that moon in the night sky and DREAM because, Liberty allows US to be, WE the People and do great things, for ourselves, each other and the entire planet!

 

 

This post can also be viewed on another of my blogs, ‘The Gathering Place’ from the following link:

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Are You Happy Now?

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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

 

Are You Happy Now?

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Lost is the life,
Gone is the free

Lost is the strength and her purity
Replaced with the ME, for surety
So you thought, for victory
is but a virus of— insecurity

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Where is there Happiness
Where is the joy and the glee

Color Me, Look at Me, Hear Me, See Me
Label me; Divide Me— from sea to dimming see
And in this relentless storm
Gone now is— her forgotten face and form

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Are you Happy now
Are you really living
Are you really Free

Are you Happy Now?

Then why is this abiding
No more hiding,
But in the streets—
Stealing; killing; destroying; dividing

The ONE for all— diverse-d’
The ALL FOR ONE—dispersed
What infection to death is this directness
Death by— political correctness

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Are you really Happy now
Are you really living
Are you really Free

For me-my-self-and-i
Have swallowed this poisonous pill
A plague, a virus, a mutation
Corrupting still

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Is it too late to dare
Or do you— did you ever care
That it was UNITY that made US FREE

Label, Sexist, racist, he/she— so you thought, all-including
Color, Religion or No, differences became— the self-deluding
And the weakness of each, now imputing
No strength at all, but all diluting

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Where is the Life, the Freedom or the Joy
Not a woman or a girl; Not a man or a boy;

The chains at her feet once broken
The symbol of Our Liberty
Made possible by Our Unity
Reformed now stronger than ever
And binds us all so bitterly

For in the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Lost is, the identity of—

the WE!

Are You Happy Now?

“No,” says he/she,
“How can I be?”
“I do not know my name…”
“…or recall from whence I came.”
“I do not know, am I a mister or a mam?”
“I know not who or what I am!”

 

WE Hold these Truths

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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

Put them on your phone
Put them in your mind
Keep them in your Heart
Live them throughout your life
Share them with your first and last breath
They are the Hope of the world

 

Now as to the word “men,” if you believe it was just an all-inclusive plural pronoun or that the founders really only believed that men and only men were created equal and only they were endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights (rights which cannot be taken, surrendered, bartered or sold), does not diminish its inherent and inerrant truths!

“For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Romans 2:11 King James Version (KJV)

WE, that hold these truths are every man, woman and child the world over. Our republic, our form of government put them into writing in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America put into writing, the defense and preservation of these truths! WE the People are, the Hope of the world!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (every man, woman and child) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men (every man, woman and child), deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence, 1776

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Click the picture for full size and then right-click (twice) to save the full size image. On a touch phone, touch the image twice and save it to your pictures. Go to settings and choose this as your wallpaper for your home and/or lock screen. It will automatically be re-sized to your phone’s standards.

FREE copies of The Declaration of Independence are available from many, many sources. You can read the words on paper, read it online, copy the words and paste them to your document program or application and print them from your printer. You can also download FREE digital copies or eBooks, from Apple’s iBooks etc. Just do a search for the device and format you are interested in. Here is one source that has several formats available and all, for FREE.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1

America The Beautiful

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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

 

Of all the holidays I love among all the rest
It is the Fourth of July— that I love best
Yes, I confess
And I profess
There are many different leaves upon this Our-tree
And WE are each one person; one people; One country
Oh, yes I love all about this day it’s true
But what I love the most is you!

 

America the Beautiful was written by Katharine Lee Bates and composed by Samuel A. Ward, “America the Beautiful” is one of the most well-known and beloved American patriotic songs. The song celebrates the natural beauty and the “patriot dream” of the United States.

Enjoy the following video (full screen if possible and the larger the better). It was published on YouTube on Jun 30, 2015, and sung by the Hillsdale College’s choir. James A. Holleman, Music Director and Debra Wyse, Accompanist/Assistant Conductor

 

Message

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By Dahni
© July 4th, 2016, all rights reserved

 

Them that feign the words or refrain from the deeds of true words spoken, do not diminish the true!

Oh, Messenger— Be the Message and if not then still,
Let it Be Written;
Let it Be Read;
Let it Be Spoken and
Let it Be Lived

HAPPY 240th 4th of July!

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Good Morning USA

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by Dahni
© 2015, all rights reserved

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Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

 

Is it that these three, barely exist

or that a remnant, still persist?

Is it that WE do NOT know each other

or WE are impatient, for it all to smother?

Is it that WE were ever united

or the fire has been ignited?

 

From 1776 and 1789, for 239 and 226 years respectively

Through hell and back, these three have stood collectively

Are all just separate relics of the past, WE’d just soon forget

Are all meaningless scraps of paper and cloth, We surely and sorely regret?

 

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

 

Is it that WE’ve traded, for all our wants and security

or that we deserve NOT— Life, Happiness and Liberty?

 

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

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I pledge

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by Dahni
© 2015, all rights reserved

 

Dedicated to: Janet

 

Sometimes, you find inspiration from something as simple as, a Facebook post from a friend. And sometimes that inspiration brings something beautiful to mind and reminds you and causes you to dig deeper. Why does Our Lady, Lady Liberty stand? Not on a pedestal, but for what reason does she stand? Why does she hold a torch? Why does she, hold Our Declaration of Independence inscribed, July 4th, 1776? Why do her feet trod upon the broken chains of bondage? Why does she speak these words of Emma Lazarus’ poem –

 

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” 

Excerpt from ‘The New Colossus’ by Emma Lazarus

In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal of, the Statue of Liberty. 

The simple answer to all the above is the same as her name – LIBERTY!

When I was a young boy, every single day in school, I took ‘the pledge of allegiance.’

Pledge

 

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

OMG, I wrote the word God. Yes, because that’s exactly what it says and what it means and what I meant and what I mean.

And I said it standing up, without a hat on my head and my right hand over my heart.

But that was then and this is now. Schools don’t say the pledge of allegiance much anymore, if at all or ever. This is a very sad thing, but I think I know why, I don’t understand it, but I think I know why. The reason, for it’s removal is due to, three groups:

the non-religious – the religious – and the legal beagle (yep, like a dog on a pork chop, hell bent on not keeping the law, but interpreting the law).

The non-religious, or those that do not believe in God were and are offended. OK, go sit somewhere else, provided for you, while those that want to say this pledge may, but NO, strike it out, altogether!

Some, religious, were and are offended because, they have no allegiance, except to God. OK, go sit somewhere else provided, for you, while those that want to say this pledge may, but NO, strike it out, altogether!

And the lawyers and the judges and the courts got involved and said, “You can’t make people say this pledge,” (never knew I had to)! OK, go sit somewhere else provided, for you, while those that want to say this pledge may, but NO, strike it out, altogether!

So you don’t want to say this pledge and are offended. Well, I’m offended that you wouldn’t want to! OK, go sit somewhere else provided, for you, while those that want to say this pledge may, but NO, strike it out, altogether! So much for my pursuit of happiness, but just as long as you’re happy, I should be?

Now I’ve heard, ‘Separation of Church and State,’ until I’m blue in the face. If it’s not God, from which we were endowed with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, then where do they come from? What is Life without Liberty? What Happiness can be pursued without Liberty?

We separated from England and declared it in, 1776. We won our independence, but it seems like some, have been busy ever since, trying to separate us, from each other. The Declaration of Independence is, separate from, Our Constitution. The Preamble to the Constitution is, separate from, the Constitution. Separation of Church and state is, separating us, from God and State. But our founding documents really have, a different view. These views are like our home.

You don’t build a house, without a foundation. It has to be there, before you build the rest of the house. Our foundation is, the Declaration of Independence. Most houses have some kind of heating and cooling system, an energy source to keep it warm, cool and balanced and running. Our furnace is, The Constitution of The United States of America. In every home there are rooms. Our rooms are our rights, The Bill of Rights. Every home has a deed, an owner. Our deed is, the Preamble to the Constitution. WE the People, own this house! Most homes have a roof. The roof covers the whole house to protect it and its contents. Our roof is, God! Now before you might go and hit the roof, please allow me to show why, this is so.

 

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…”

 Excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence, 1776

 

Did you read that our separate and equal station comes from, the, “Laws of Man” or “of Nature’s Man?” NO! Before this was written, our founders already had those and they wanted something more like, LIBERTY!

When it came time to build our house, we already had a foundation.

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

 Excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence, 1776

 

This same foundation, provides a foundation, a purpose, a reason or a preamble, to the Preamble to, Our Constitution and the Constitution.

 

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence, 1776

 

Who are these men (all inclusive noun – men and women of legal age to govern) and whose consent is required, for our servants to govern?

 

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Preamble to the Constitution

 

“We the People of,” the Preamble to the Constitution are the same “We,” which hold these truths from, the Declaration of Independence. What truths – all…are created equal…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..!

What are the “blessings of Liberty” from the Preamble to the Constitution – unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..! 

And where do those,  “blessings of liberty,”  come from – the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…,” from, the Declaration of Independence.

 

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

 Amendment V, Bill of Rights, The United States Constitution

 

Now the fifth amendment uses the word “property” instead of “happiness,” from the Declaration of Independence.  “Property” is, the result of, the “Pursuit of Happiness,” whether it is intellectual, emotional, artistic, spiritual, financial, real or whatever it is that makes one happy to pursue and to obtain. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights, secures, protects and preserve the rights, for the individual to pursue them. It offers no guarantee that any and all will obtain, only that they have such rights as, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, to pursue them!

The Declaration of Independence, The Preamble to the Constitution, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are all, parts of the Whole. And the whole roof of, the whole house is, from Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…”

None of these documents define who or what God is, but they clearly bind US, We the People together and Our rights are clearly, distinctly NOT, from man (humanity) For what man (humanity) gives, it can take away and this is a direct opposite of, “Unalienable rights,” rights which cannot be taken, forfeited, bought, sold bartered or surrendered!

Now read the pledge of allegiance again.

 

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

How could any one of Us, WE the People, ever be offended in taking this pledge or saying it out loud? As this began, I still think I know why, but I still don’t understand it!

I’m one that freely, but solemnly makes this pledge. I am not forced or compelled to. I pledge to be loyal to, committed to, not perfect, but faithful to, not some idolatrous thing, royal or a man, and not really some flag, but what it represents. It represents the United States of America, which is not a monarchy, theocracy, democracy (rule by majority), anarchy or tyranny, but a Republic (rule of law), the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” for which it stands (not falls). It is one nation, not another or other nations. And it is ONE nation “under God,” “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” And by this it is indivisible, with  Liberty and justice for all (you and I and everyone) of Us, WE the People!

The absolute best explanation, for this pledge that I have personally ever heard was, a presentation by, Red Skelton, on January 14, 1969, a little over 46 years ago! If you have never seen this before or even if you have, I invite you to see and hear this on the You Tube video to follow. Whether this is your first time or something you recall, please view it from start to finish. And in following this, I might have a surprise, for each of you! 🙂

 

 

 

Now for your surprise (maybe)? What you may or may not know is, Red Skelton wrote this, the whole thing. And he wrote it about two and half years before, it was first presented on TV, in 1969. He fought, for this presentation, with CBS, for 2 1/2 years. Even before he wrote this, some non-religious and some religious folk were offended by the idea of allegiance or raising your arm to take this pledge.  To many, especially during WWII, it looked too much like the German salute to Hitler. So that was changed to placing your right hand over your heart or with a military salute if, applicable. And when the words “under God,” were added, even more people were offended and CBS did not want to take any heat. It was OK, to tell a story though, if it was from a third party, not yourself. So, Red Skelton made up the whole story and the teacher, Mr. Laswell. What school age child could ever remember, the entire words of this explanation? But, CBS would NOT budge. Red waited and waited for 2 1/2 years. Then the opportunity presented itself as chance. It so happened that CBS needed time to fill on the air and asked Red, to just tell a story. He did! And that is the truth, it was a story.

The all connecting parts of Our whole home, the home of US, WE the People, are, The Declaration of Independence, The Preamble, The Constitution, the Bill of Right and the roof of Liberty was built by, the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…” This is the purpose for, the pledge of allegiance and for, Red Skelton’s presentation and explanation. And like the radio commentator, Paul Harvey, always used to say, “Now you know, the rest of the Story!”