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Just because we sometimes fall short of our ideals it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have them.

Happy 136th Birthday America, and Many Happy Returns of the Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These words were written by our wonderful lesbian fore-mother Katherine Lee Bates. She was inspired to write them when she stood at the top of Pike’s Peak, right here in Colorado.   Many Americans would choose “America the Beautiful”  as our our national anthem in favour of the more bellicose “Star Spangled Banner.” It is not in the least bit jingoistic, and this is how most of us feel about our country.

This  should have been our national anthem, and for me it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“America the Beautiful” complete text.

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness
America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country lov’d,
And mercy more than life.
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_the_Beautiful

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