Over the last couple of years President Obama has travelled to many countries, has bowed to foreign leaders, has essentially “apologized” for the US actions and most recently denied that there is such a thing as American exceptinalism.
While I can give many examples of why the US is a great country and we should be proud of it, I have decided to provide a little bit of history.
We all go to Baseball games, Football games, political, military and civic events and God Bless America is song as often as our great National Anthem, as a matter of fact, some call God Bless America, the unofficial US National Anthem.
Our nation is now at the crossroad of great political upheaval, unemployment, financial meltdown nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, and world instability in general. These are similar to the time when Irving Berlin ,in the fall of 1938, as war was again threatening Europe and Asia , Berlin decided to write a "peace" song. He recalled his "God Bless America" from twenty years earlier and made some alterations to reflect the different state of the world. Singer Kate Smith introduced the revised "God Bless America" during her radio broadcast on Armistice Day, 1938. Berlin was an immigrant from Siberia.
Every public opinion poll shows that the majority of Americans today are worried about the future of our country, the future of our children and grandchildren.
As a demonstration of why there is in fact ‘American Exceptionalism” I share with you a recent e-mail I received from a friend regarding how the song “God Bless America” came to be one of the most played and popular patriotic song of our nation. It relates how a great American, deeply worried about the effect of the great depression and the onset of war in Europe and Asia (which eventually became WW II and cost the lives of over 400,000 American) did what she could to spark again the American pride.
What a Wonderful Lady. God Bless America.
A REAL STAR
In 1938, Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American, and the biggest star on radio, was deeply worried about her country.
She asked Irving Berlin if he could give her a song that would reignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith to sing in her radio show. He said he had a song that he had written in 1917,but never used it, but re-written to reflect the world events of the day. He said she could have it. She sat at the piano & played it and realized how good it was. As the song became more and more popular, she spoke with Mr. Berlin and told him that she couldn't take this from him for nothing, so, they agreed that any money that would be made off the song would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America.
Thanks to Kate Smith and Irving Berlin, the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties, and also the song is known the world over as “the spirit, heart and soul of American exceptionalism”.
This clip on the web link below is from the movie "You're in the Army Now". You will see a familiar face in this-one that we are all very proud of.
Frank Sinatra said that when Kate Smith, whom he considered the greatest singer of his age, first sang this song on the radio (there was no TV), a million guys got 'dust' in
their eyes and had to wipe the tears the 'dust' caused. Singer Kate Smith introduced the revised "God Bless America" during her radio broadcast on Armistice Day, 1938.
Sit back and enjoy a Real Star. Go to this link.
As you relax over the Christmas Holiday season, (my Jewish friends just celebrated Hanukah) and celebrate the New year, rejoice on American Exceptionalism and do listen to this wonderful song.
GOD BLESS AMERICA.