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Wade Heath Let's celebrate America, land of the free — and home of Google, Ford and Starbucks

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Wade Heath

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:47 am, Wed Jun 29, 2011.

On July 4, 1776, the world changed.

It was, until that time, unacceptable for man to govern himself. To act on one's own free will and accept responsibility for one's actions was but a dream.

But that dream was made real by men who were starving for liberty and still had hope enough to rebel against a tyrannical government and declare a new land, free from the shackles of oppression they all once shared.

Thomas Paine said, "The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind."

The United States of America was the prayer for the future.

God is good.

A person set free with the gift of liberty has allowed this country to be a shining example for the rest of the world.

What has been done since is pretty well known, but just in case you need a refresher:

The swivel chair. Bifocals. The suspension bridge. Pencil erasers. The airplane. Circuit breakers. Cowboy hats. Jeans. The phonograph. Refrigeration. Cash registers. Microwaves. The wrench. Electric fans. AC power sockets and plugs. The smoke detector. Zippers. Tractors. Radio. Coffee percolator. Cotton candy. Shopping carts. The thumbtack. Remote control. Hearing aids. The teddy bear. Solar compass. Air conditioning. Automatic transmission. Banana splits. Fire hydrants. The traffic light. Supermarkets. The toaster. Bulldozers. Digital video recorders. Steam shovel. Power steering. Garage door openers. The corn dog. Sunglasses. Air traffic control. Multiplane camera. Bass guitar. The digital computer. Dishwashers. GPS units and so much more.

We the people are a powerful lot.

As our Declaration of Independence states: "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."

Set a man free and watch him dream, create and inspire.

John Adams understood that when he later said the following about our constitution: "A constitution founded on these principles introduces knowledge among the people, and inspires them with a conscious dignity becoming freemen; a general emulation takes place, which causes good humor, sociability, good manners, and good morals to be general."

He added, "That elevation of sentiment inspired by such a government, makes the common people brave and enterprising. That ambition which is inspired by it makes them sober, industrious, and frugal."

In America's 235-year history, ordinary citizens have utilized founding beliefs to better their country and prosper for the greater good, people like Henry Ford, of the Ford Motor Company, Bill Gates, of Microsoft, Alexander Graham Bell, creator of the first practical telephone, or Andrew Carnegie, a driving force behind the country's steel industry.

We the people of these United States have advanced the standard of civilization by our innovation and our unyielding pursuit of perfection; perfection like windshield wipers, created by Mary Anderson, or Alice Parker, who improved the gas heating furnace.

Without America the world wouldn't have Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Disney, Starbucks, Apple, Best Buy, UPS, Caterpillar, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, General Mills, Oracle, Google, Chrysler, News Corp., State Farm, Boeing, Nike or Chevron.

The United States still hosts four spots in the top 10 richest people in the world, because in this country you can do anything and be whoever you want to be. We have a rewarding capitalist society that has allowed our country to become a global super power.

If you'd like, you can live in the gutter or in a mansion. The choice is yours.

We have more stars in our movie factory known as Hollywood then there are in the sky.

Here you can say what you want, when you want, so long as it isn't obscene. While we may have been founded on Christian principles, you are free to worship as you please.

The ethical highroad is our most sought after avenue of travel. We believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

And while we've been through a lot in the last decade of this American experiment, the future is still ours to have if we so desire it.

George Washington said, "Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life."

We the people are the answer to the worst oppression, fear, terror, pain and tyranny any force of evil could ever throw our way. The Founding Fathers of this nation knew when they signed the Declaration of Independence that they were embarking on something pretty special.

On this Fourth of July we should remember that a prosperous future, much like our prosperous past, is within us.

It is still morning in America — if we want it to be.

Columnist Wade Heath, of Lodi, is editor of NationalTalkLive.com. He can be contacted at wade.lodi@gmail.com.

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  • daniel hutchins posted at 5:43 pm on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Sorry for posting 3 times.
    I am still stuck on "celebrating America's shortcomings."

    Correction: I respect the declaration of independence as one of the most important documents in the world. I am certain that you do the same.

    We differ because I look up at the top of the document and I see a declaration on the land, and I see the title. The title reads, "States of America," not "United States of America."
    I respect the constitution very much, and there are controversies. Particularly, the original document was lost in the War of 1812, and afterward, there were hundreds of documents which purported to represent the original.

    You and I differ in that I identify politics which has deviated from these documents, and I am doing work to bring it back.
    You seem to celebrate the intent of these documents, and you seem to turn a blind eye toward elements of America which have deviated from them.

    My work is to bring these two documents back into focus and to establish a government that actually respects these documents.

    At present, my work is not going to get anywhere until we have international recognition and numbers. I am working on the numbers, and other people are working on the international recognition.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 5:29 pm on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    I admire your optimism, but I am sad to inform you that history has portrayed a slanted picture of the truth.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 5:28 pm on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342


    Respectfully, I inform you that you don't even know what I do in my spare time which I cannot divulge on a public forum.

    I celebrated July 4, and I uphold and defend the declaration of independence.
    My complaints are not lost to deaf ears, and things are being done.

    I only comment in the LNS in my spare time.
    I will summarize that I have a daytime, paying job, when I have to try to relax and focus only on what my job expects. In the evenings, I have a nonpaying job, where I am doing something about which I complain, and I am optimistic. This could take 10 years, and the future is bright. In the weekends, I do legal work in federal district court, where I am the plaintiff and I am taking a civil action against some of the big guns, and they have already spent more money than that which they seek to defend.

    Additionally, I completely ignore the news, because I know what is really important that is happening. Today, somebody tried to interest me in someone named "obama" and I wasn't even interested.

    I don't even know the name of the Vice President. Who is he, Elmer Fudd?

  • Brian Dockter posted at 12:05 pm on Mon, Jul 4, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866


    You seem to be much more adept at celebrating America's shortcomings.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:44 am on Mon, Jul 4, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866


    Yes I am aware of this. And I am also aware how reluctant you are to acknowledge
    America is the greatest country in the world. Our leaders throughout the history of this country have all made mistakes and all fall short of the Grace of God. You are a naysayer because you won't identify the American Experiment as the most successfull experiment in the history of civilization. Happy 4th Sir. I know it will be hard
    for you to keep a stiff upper lip on this Independence Day. But at least try.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 12:35 pm on Sun, Jul 3, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Brian D.

    In your identification of me as a naysayer,

    Are you aware that I have identified violations of human rights which have enabled rich people to maintain their state of power and wealth?

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:08 am on Sat, Jul 2, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    Thanks for the great article Wade. America is still the greatest country in the world
    no matter what Daniel (The Naysayer) says.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 9:12 pm on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    correction. not manipulation, just verification of competency, and assurances of human rights.

    In order to understand this, it is necessary to realize that China also has multiple power structures.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 9:05 pm on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Joanne, on my statements about the Ming dynasty, I ask that you share in my optimism that they will assist in the manipulation of a new treasury for the american government, subject to demonstration of competency.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 9:02 pm on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Joanne, how about the Clintons'. There is such a death toll around them that I consider my life at risk for mentioning their crimes.

    The epitome of slime, governor Clinton allowed deliveries of drugs to come into his state, as part of the Iran Contra affair. This was mentioned in testimony, but at the time, I did not know who was governor Clinton. Three young kids, maybe not teenagers, witnessed the helocopters land, and their lives came to an end. Although they were kids, they were living witnesses.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:58 pm on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Joanne, as for the richest people in the united states, who compile vast sums of wealth at the expense of US citizens, I submit as an example, Henry Kissinger, who is still alive. Said to be an American hero, said to have negotiated the end of the Vietnam War, I credit Kissinger for negotiating the lives of 2000 MIA's as poker chips to pay Vietnam with American slavery in exchange for America to pull out of the Vietnam War.

    How about G.H.W. Bush (Sr.) , who was worshipped as a great American president who was among those present at the Kennedy Assassination? Whereas Bush Sr. is still alive, and commanding Obama, America still suffers from the JFK assassination.

    G.H.W. Bush is still president today, as expressed through his pet poodle who now occupies the White House.

    How about American hero Gerald Ford, who was worshipped as the great American president who brought America out of Watergate era, but who fabricated and manipulated evidence which was reported in the Warren Commission report, by changing the location of the bullet hole in President Kennedy's shirt, which showed clearly by the location that it was an exit wound in the President's back?

    Gerald Ford also served as Commander-in-Chief to cause the Khmer Rouge to seize power in Cambodia.

    How about Nixon's men H.R. Haldeman and Stennis (spelling?), Watergate burglars. These men testified that they were in the hotel to "take" pictures. They were in the hotel to "take" as in "steal" pictures of themselves at the JFK assassination.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:37 pm on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Joanne, sources? for starters, look up at the top of the Declaration of Independence. It states, united "States of America," not as I stated below. the word "united" is just an adjective in the sentence.

    If you go to the alleged constitution, I submit that the original document was burned in the Library of Congress in the fires of the War of 1812, when the British burned the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Hence the use of capitalization is in question in the constitution. Moreover, there are two versions of the constitution floating around. The version for which you are educated is the de facto version, which differs by so little as a preposition, but reverses the order of sovereignty of creation.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:03 pm on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    It is still morning in America — if we want it to be.

    Wade... I sincerely hope you are right. I would love to see an article that articulated how desire and motivation will in inself make it possible.

    The political, regulatory and international concerns that influences outcomes are so different today compared to the past, that I am not confident that that it is still morning in America even if we want it to be... I think our country has been regulated into a system that makes it difficult to succeed... I hope I am wrong...and you are right.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:01 am on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Not surprising that Wade Heath mentions his source for everything "real and truthful" in the world, News Corp..... but an "American" idea?

    "News" flash to Wade, News Corp. was originally incorporated in Australia by former Australian citizen, Rupert Murdoch.

    Just found out he could make much more money off the backs of ignorant Americans than he could in Australia.

    Some good comments, Daniel. What are your sources for your views on America, by the way?

  • daniel hutchins posted at 9:03 am on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Positive note:
    I believe that the actual richest * man in the world who is in China has a heart for human kind, and he will not distribute his wealth unless a leader demonstrates that human rights will be respected.

    * This is the "old man" of the Ming Dynasty. If anybody recalls reading about the Ming Dynasty in our history books, they may recall the Ming Dynasty. In this case, the old man fo China is 137 years old. Two years ago, I learned who he was, and that he was alive at 135 years old.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:59 am on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Sam and Ted, are you sure that you believe that this was a good column?
    Does this not demonstrate how the newspaper can be used to propogandize peoples' thinking. Although Wade is probably not involved in propoganda planning strategy, he does know how to "follow suit" along the "politically correct" party line.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:57 am on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Gasp! Vomit!
    Wade, your article is blind to human rights violations which occurred in order to preserve certain peoples' wealth and power.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:53 am on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Gasp! Vomit!
    "The United States still hosts four spots in the top 10 richest people in the world, because in this country you can do anything and be whoever you want to be. "

    The United States richest have been fleecing wealth from the US Citizens. In response to this, you write that we can be whoever we want to be. Nope. Nope. Nope.

    You cannot be one of the richest unless you were born i nto an elite-class family. Even Bill Gates' father had some money. Today, Bill Gates is a member of the Trilateral commission, and now I have heard that the Bilderbergs are interested in him. This is because they are interested in computer databases for monitoring and profiling US Citizens' activities.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:35 am on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Wade Heath. You quoted the founding forefathers of a foreign and ancient country which they declared as united "States of America," not what corporations registered intot he public as "United States of America," and as "The United States of America" [two separate corporations, one profitable, one charitable], and then you cited corporate subsidiaries, Google, Ford and Starbucks.

    Obviously, you haven't learned anything from my publication series.

  • Sam Heller posted at 4:20 pm on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    Nice column, Wade. I enjoyed reading it. God Bless America !!!!

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 9:18 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    WOW !


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