Shout outs to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Thank you God for freedom and all that it means. Thank you God for the greatest, most free nation on earth, which has the military and economic power to crush the globe, yet gives more than any other. Thanks to the men and women who protect this nation from its enemies, you are my heroes. Artists and musicians should be the first to be aware that only a free and prosperous society provides sufficient discretionary, extra income to provide for non-essentials such as art and music. There are no full-time musicians in the Amazon basin or the deserts of Morocco. And when the enemies of freedom take over, artists, musicians, and intellectuals are the first to go. So wise up, grow a backbone, and be an American if you’re blessed enough to be one. Never forget 9.11, that freedom isn’t free, that our society has enemies that would enslave us, that sitting on the fence is taking a position of defeat, and that it takes guts to defend this land, whether that’s with your life (the US military, RESPECT!), or with your words.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Long may she wave.