Quotes for Independence Day
Today is Independence Day! Time for fireworks, barbecues, and a dip in the pool. Also, I will be watching my favorite Revolutionary War move, the musical 1776. Even though 1776 is frequently as accurate as a Peabody cartoon, I like it immensely because it shows the Founding Fathers as occasionally bawdy men with enormous feet of clay, not just as alabaster statues who were wiser than Socrates and more noble than Batman and Superman. The scene in the Continental Congress where John Adams and John Dickinson call each other names before engaging in a Jerry Springer-like brawl–now that’s a political debate!
A few years ago, I did a post which had some of my favorite quotes about America. Some of them are patriotic, others are funny, still others are just plain weird. Sometimes, other people can express thoughts about the country sometimes know as E Pluribus Unum or the Home of the Brave better than yours truly writing a run-of-the-mill patriotic screed.
Have a great Independence Day!
“Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!”
“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”
“This government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
“The life of nation is only secure while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”
“All people are born alike. Except Republicans and Democrats.”
“I do feel more of myself in America. I can regress there, and they have roller coaster parks.”
“Ninety-eight of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all of the publicity. But then, we elected them.”
“In America, sex is an obsession; in other parts of the word, it’s a fact.”
“Patriotism is supporting your country all of the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
“The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.”
“America may be the best country in the world, but that’s kind of like being the valedictorian of summer school.”
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
–Harry S Truman
“We Americans, we’re a simple people. . .but piss us off, and we’ll bomb your cities.”
“America’s a family. We all yell at each other. It all works out.”
–Louis C. K.
“You see, we’re America the Beautiful, not ‘America, Well, At Least She Has a Great Personality.'”
“Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.”
–George S. Patton
“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”
“Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet; they go together in the good ol’ USA.”
–Chevrolet ad from the 1970’s
“God bless America, my home, sweet home.”
Joe’s Maybe Memorable Quote of the Day
A true patriot is someone who is more patriotic on July 5th than July 4th.