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Happy 4th of July

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

July 20, 2021

In 1976 I raised my right hand and took an Oath of Enlistment in the United States Air Force. I repeated the same Oath several times during my 36 years of military service to our Country. Part of the Oath said "to support and defend the Constitution of The United States of America!" My commitment to this Oath and my Country extends beyond retirement and is a lifetime Oath.

I'm also what you would consider "old school" and believe the only way to study history is from reading the original documents, etc. and NOT by reading what other folks opinion of what the originator meant.

Have you ever participated in the game called Gossip where person 1 says XYZ to person 2 who is suppose to repeat XYZ to person 3 and so on until the time XYZ reaches the last person there is no similarity to the original XYZ. That's the value of learning true history from the originator vs. gossip!

Today, we are bombarded with threats to our freedom and liberty to choose even the basic needs of life like the food we eat. Corporations are using their lobbyist to change laws & regulations to suppress competition while deceiving consumers with "Greenwashing" schemes. Foundations are playing god while leveraging their money & power to force their marketplace acceptance of FAKE food that profits them, and multitudes of activist are out there saying its the cows fault!!!

Well, today, I would like to take you back about 80 years and share the following write up and link to the song God Bless America introduced by Kate Smith. I hope you will sit back and enjoy (as well as share with family & friends this Forth of July) and say a prayer for our Country.

A Piece of History: Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

Here are the facts... The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA". But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.

The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith. Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings".

Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring . She had hope for America , and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.

When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now." At the 5:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading ‘Variety,’ it's Ronald Reagan.

To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry..... And for many generations of Americans to follow.

Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll appreciate it even more.

Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America ...."

So here's the entire song as originally sung..... click here to listen

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