Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Why This Election Is Primarily About Patriotism

First and foremost, voting is an act of patriotism. Elections are the epitome of patriotic expression. You can't have a republic or a democracy without participants who can freely speak through voting. This election is no exception.

Our nation’s Founders designed it this way. Their objective was to replace royalty with representation. They created accountability by building three branches of government within federal and state divisions under the umbrella of the U.S. Constitution. The glue holding it all together is the union—the voting—of “We, the People.”

Our Founders believed that voters were patriots of the ballot while elected officials were “patriots by action” as future president John Quincy Adams put it in 1804 while serving in the U.S. Senate. Adams had witnessed the birth of our nation. To him elected officials were “merely the proxies of the people.” He was right. They should be. And that idea is a driving force behind this election.

Adams also dished a little advice. “Fellow citizens, in choosing your representatives, be sure to choose men who will support your own interests.” If he were alive today, he would say the same thing, rightly adding “women” to the candidate equation. Regardless of your beliefs, politics, gender, race, ethnicity, home state or town, your vote reflects your interests and priorities. Your vote makes a difference.

Second, voting is patriotic because it’s the vehicle that drives the course of our nation’s future. When you vote, you are having a say in the direction of our nation. You are plotting the next stop on the roadmap of history. You are showing your love for your country and doing your part to shape it. That’s why failing to vote—voter apathy—is the opposite of patriotism.

“The instrument of all reform in America is the ballot,” President Woodrow Wilson acknowledged to Congress after his party lost big in the 1918 midterms.

A dominant force sparking this election is the possibility of a power surge in Congress. In most midterms the president’s party loses seats, but rarely do those losses change the party controlling Congress. That’s what makes the 2010 midterm different.

This year the Republicans are poised to capture the U.S. House of Representatives and close the gap in the U.S. Senate, likely making this election a rare realignment midterm that will change the nation’s future and set the dynamics of the 2012 presidential race.

Third, voting is patriotic because it can lead to more power in the hands of the people. This is especially true when there is a high turn-out in a midterm election.

Presidential campaigns are like listening to two different bands, each featuring a charismatic solo performer while the other races play in the background. But a midterm flips the focus. It’s like watching a band or symphony where each instrument takes center stage at different times throughout the song. Midterms spotlight dozens of local and state races where hundreds of candidates take turns singing or playing their own tune. The voting results are often more eclectic and diverse than the outcome of a presidential election.

The buzz and excitement of such sweeping change in so many different races attracts more people to the polls than a typical hum-drum midterm. This force was so strong in the 1894 midterms that Republicans gained an unprecedented 130 seats—the largest pickup in history. Putting aside party politics, The Washington Post printed a patriotic assessment of the strong voter turnout:

“The result…throughout the country yesterday showed that government was never more in the hands of the people than it is in America now…. The people are in power, and they have shown it. That is what it means.”

The same could be said today. This year’s elections are about patriotism because government will be more in the hands of the people at all levels than before. The people will be more in power. And in America, what’s could be more patriotic than that!

Benjamin Franklin described liberty this way: “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.”

Voting is the peak of patriotism because it is a way for men and women to speak and think freely. It’s a way for you to express your views. At heart that’s what this election—and all American elections—are all about.

By Jane Hampton Cook

Published November 01, 2010

Monday, October 22, 2012

American Freedom

"The meaning of America is not to be found in a life without toil.  Freedom is not only bought with a great price; it is maintained by unremitting effort". Calvin Coolidge

Monday, October 15, 2012

USA Presidential Election

“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.”            William E. Simon

Thursday, October 11, 2012

American Patriotism

“Patriotism is a thing of the heart. A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country.”  Charles E. Jefferson

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Strive To Make America The Best

“He loves his country best who strives to make it best.”  Robert Green Ingersoll (1833–1899)     Civil War veteran

Sunday, September 30, 2012

American Liberty

“Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.”  Robert A. Heinlein

Friday, September 7, 2012

The American Flag

"The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history."  Woodrow Wilson

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Democracy in American

      “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Friday, August 31, 2012

American Jobs

"What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn't take a special government commission to tell us what America needs. What America needs is jobs. Lot’s of jobs."   Mitt Romney

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

American Imagination

"Liberty: One of  Imagination's most precious possessions." Ambrose Bierce, American Journalist

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

American Citizen

“Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.” Andrew Jackson

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

American Democracy

 "Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be."  Sydney J. Harris, American Journalist

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Monday, August 27, 2012

American Astronaut Neil Armstrong

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

USA Freeedom

“There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.”
  Walter Cronkite  

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Monday, August 20, 2012

American Courage

"No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." Ronald Reagan

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Friday, August 17, 2012

America's Honor

“Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.”     Andrew Jackson

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Essence of America

“What is the essence of America?  Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from."   
Marilyn vos Savant American magazine columnist and author

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

National Anthem

Here are some great pictures of the "Shameless Quartet" wearing our Patriotic Flag Shirt style RW029SS.

They sang our National Anthem at a recent  Orioles baseball game.  


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I Was Born An American

"I shall know but one country. The ends I aim at shall be my country’s, my God’s and Truth’s. I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American." Daniel Webster

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Let Freedom Ring!

Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring!"  Samuel F. Smith, America

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

USA National Honor

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

“National honor is national property of the highest value.” James Monroe,
inaugural address, 4 March 1817

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

American Virtues

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

“Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood -- the virtues that made America." -- Teddy Roosevelt

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

American Freedom

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. — Albert Einstein

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

UNITED States of America

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” John Dickinson

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Patriotic Devotion

Today's Patriotic Quote:

“Only by a deep patriotic devotion to one’s country can there be a hope of the kind of protection of the whole planet.” Margaret Mead

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

        Today’s Patriotic Quote:

        “The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among free men.   James Buchanan 15th President (1857-1861)

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4th Celebration

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Flag Shirt.com in the Sun Sentinel

Lord Daniel Sportswear's Brett Stern fills a July 4th order for flag shirts at their Sunrise werehouse and offices. The company sells to Kohls, Sears and other retail outlets and also, direct to consumers via theflagshirt.com. (Taimy Alvarez, Sun Sentinel / June 27, 2012)
From makers of flag shirts to purveyors of fireworks and hot dogs, Independence Day means business, not time off for a barbecue.
At theflagshirt.com, orders have been pouring in so fast that co-owner Stephen Stern said he sometimes makes eight trips to the post office in one day. He can hardly keep up with demand for new flag-printed tank tops that have become a hit with college students nationwide for their retro look.
Stern figures the July 4 holiday accounts for 25 percent to 30 percent of his yearly sales of flag shirts from his website and his Sunrise-based Lord Daniel Sportswear Co. that wholesales to retailers such as Sears . He sells about $5 million in flag shirts a year, even shipping some to Americans abroad.
"When 9/11 happened, sales really went crazy," he said, referring to the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States and flag-shirt purchases from the Pentagon and other groups. "And sales are still strong."

Photos: Check out pictures from the Miami Heat NBA championship parade
At Sky King Fireworks, with 12 stores in Florida, including West Palm Beach and Delray Beach , hiring has been ramping up for weeks to meet July 4 demand. The holiday accounts for roughly 55 percent to 60 percent of the company's yearly sales, said owner Willie Micco.
The West Palm Beach store now employs close to a dozen people, up from a trio in winter. And the number could reach 25 or 30 people by July 3, when store hours are extended from 8 am to midnight, partly to accommodate groups buying together, he said.
"In this economy, a lot of families are starting to buddy up," said Micco. "Instead of one family spending $50, they'll pool their money for the block or neighborhood and spend $500 to $1,000 for a bigger display for the whole group."
At All American Hot Dog Co. in Miami, owner Louis diRaimondo is preparing to don his "Hot Dog King" cape, crown and regalia for media appearances while adding staff for "Hot Dog Month" in July.
His 40-year-old business sells hot dog carts and also serves as a base for vendors. Five years ago, it added its own line of kosher hot dogs made in Brooklyn , N.Y., and sold through distributors and online.
"This is the height of it now," said diRaimundo, who has staffed up to six full-time and two part-time workers for July, about double the number employed during winter.
Of course, July 4 means time off for many, including the stock market, bond market, most banks and government offices.
Yet many stores will be open, offering Independence Day sales and deals.
For beach hotels, now is the time to prepare. With city fireworks to light up the sky nearby, the 261-unit Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach expects to be more than 80 percent full for the holiday and attract at least 200 people to its pool deck for festivities, said sales and marketing director Tom A. Miller.
That means buying extra food and drink; informing employees about road closures, sandcastle displays and other news that guests might seek; and adding staff, some for crowd control. Said Miller, for July 4, "We're beachfront central."

Thursday, June 14, 2012

American Flag Day

Today is National Flag Day!  On June 14, 1885, school teacher, BJ Cigrand, organized   Wisconsin school children to observe June 14 as the Flag's Birthday. In 1949 an Act of Congress designated June 14th as National Flag Day.

 Let’s make it our goal to preserve the traditions, history, pride, and respect that are due the nation's symbol, Old Glory.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

World War II American Veterans Honored

Take a look at this impromptu demonstration of respect for WWII Veterans. This show of admiration took place May 23rd at Regan National Airport, Washington DC.  Thank you  to all of our Veterans ( and their families) past and present for their sacrifices.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

“Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and it’s conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.” Andrew Jackson

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Friday, June 1, 2012

WWII American Cemetery

Robert Dryfoos, pictured left, from Connecticut walks with Khalil Diallo through the American Cemetery in Taquiq, South of Manila, Philippines on Memorial Day.  The Cemetery holds the largest number of U.S. Military dead from World War II, a total of 17,201, most of who were killed  fighting in New Guinea and the Philippines.  May God rest their souls.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

American, Land of Opportunity

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

America...Make It A Good Place To Live

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.”    Theodore Roosevelt

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

"We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another." ~Richard Nixon

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

When was Memorial Day First Observed?

Memorial Day was first proclaimed "Decoration Day" on May 5, 1868, and was first observed on May 30th of the same year.  The date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle.  The holiday was intended to honor the Union & Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.  In 1882 the name was changed to Memorial Day to honor ALL United States soldiers who died in service to our country.

Planting the American Flag

Relatives and volunteers planted the 33,000 flags in historical Boston Common in advance of the Memorial Day weekend, in tribute to Massachusetts soldiers killed in conflicts as far back as the Civil War.

Memorial Day Creation

Memorial Day was created following the end of the Civil War when many communities set aside a day to mark the end of the war and as a memorial to those who died in battle.

Time to help veterans get back into the economy

This Memorial Day weekend is not only time to remember the dead -- but to salute and help the survivors of the battlefields.

The war in Iraq is over and the one in Afghanistan is drawing to an end. Over the last decade, 2.5 million American men and women fought and bled for our country. Now they're picking up their gear and coming home.

They're facing an America where jobs are still scarce, and where the recession has shuttered thousands of small businesses -- the mainstay of our economy.

Fortunately there's a fresh narrative in 2012: We shall not abandon these veterans, as we did during the Vietnam generation. This time we must ensure that returning soldiers have a future in the democracy they fought to keep free.

But extending emotional and medical counseling is not enough. Veterans must be given opportunities to attain fiscal independence. The need is not in question, but the challenge is how many of us will match our emotional outpouring with actual deeds.

How do we accomplish these goals? It's admirable that the Obama administration announced the formation of an initiative for businesses to join the government in helping veterans. But the challenge is too massive for the government to do it all. We need help from individuals with business experience and a willingness to share it.

Jerry Kramer of Boca Raton is nearly 84, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient in the Korean War , and someone who has been involved in veterans affairs for 50 years. He remembers nearly freezing to death in what is referred to as "the forgotten war." Jerry wants to make sure that today's veterans are not only remembered, but loved.

He remembers returning from Korea in 1952 with no education or means of support, but with an indomitable will to succeed. After years of struggle, Jerry built a thriving construction business and earned a college degree at night. He enthusiastically believes that America is still the land of opportunity and that the doors must be open for today's veterans as they were for him more than half a century ago.

Kramer's goal is simple: Business. Meaning veterans willing to invest time and preseverance can become small business owners. With a large sum of his own money, Jerry founded the Pathway to Business, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Pathway's board includes Gen. Joseph A. Taluto (ret.), commander of the 42nd National Guard Division, who served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, and Adam Bandici, CPA and estate tax attorney who won awards for his business probity.

According to its website, Pathway was "created for the sole purpose of funding entrepreneurial veterans" through grants once they complete the business training program offered by Pathway's partner, South Palm Beach SCORE. Most importantly, the grant is not a loan, carries no interest, and need not be repaid.

Let's meet Pathway's first recipient of a $40,000 grant. The veteran's name is Fred Pollino, 39, married and father of a 3-year-old boy. Fred was a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, badly wounded in combat, shipped to Germany for rehab, and then back home. Imbued with an American work ethic and an ambition to advance, Fred worked two jobs: one, airline pilot part of the week and, two, cleaning escalators in department stores.

Then he had an idea: A better, quicker and more efficient way to clean escalators. He contacted Pathway -- and the rest will soon be a history lesson in patriotism.

How to encourage more successful stories? First, Pathway needs more veterans with business ideas. Remember, there's no intricate bureaucracy. The applications are investigated and action taken as soon as possible.

Second, Pathway also needs business people, active or retired, to come forward and become involved. And third, Pathway needs donations. The money on hand will not last for long, and Pathway has a grand ambition to help many veterans now and for years to come.

The website is: pathwaytobusinesssuccess.org

Happy Memorial Day! Drive safely. Love America.

Friday, May 25, 2012

American Ideals

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

"Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life." -- Walt Disney

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

America Honors Veterans

This Saturday, May 26, AmericanWarrior’s Day of Honor will send 100 World War II and Korean Veterans to Washington DC, to see their Memorials for the first time, 68 years after the end of the war.

 Forty-five volunteer Guardians and medical personnel will accompany them. This will be the eighth trip with a total of 830 Veterans sent in five years. American Warrior founder Christopher Coutu stated, “This is truly our last chance to honor these members of the Greatest Generation. This is their final wish and we make it a reality.”

 Veterans receive a patriotic homecoming upon arrival in Washington D.C. and a motorcycle escort to the World War II Memorial. They will lay a wreath at the Connecticut pillar in memory of those Connecticut veterans who were unable to see their Memorial. American Warrior Days of Honor are free of charge to the Veterans.

Fundraising has been successful with the support of hundreds of Connecticut citizens and organizations. AmericanWarrior is an all-volunteer organization.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

American The Beautiful

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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Monday, May 21, 2012

American Sentiment Recognizes Dignity of Labor

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

“A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.”  Grover Cleveland

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Patriotic Men Are Better Than Gold

Today’s Patriotic Quote:

“Gold is good in it's place, but living, brave, patriotic men are better than gold.”  Abraham Lincoln

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