Sunday, September 28, 2008

America America, God Shed His Grace On Thee

If you are one those patriotic Americans who tolerate dissent and different points of view then I solute you for being true to the American spirit.

Join me now as we relive an idea that we inherited as citizens of this great land.

The American

As Francis Scott Key stood offshore on a British vessel having secured the release of American prisoners held below through negotiation with the British Admiral, he stood with the Admiral watching the British fleet open fire on Fort Henry about 1,000 yards away.

The American prisoners below wanted to know the position of the American flag signifying defiance or surrender. As the bombardment of the fort continued for hours the men wanted to know: Tell us where the flag is! Is it still standing? What have they done with the flag? Is the flag still flying over the rampart?

One hour passed, then two, then three.

The flag remained standing over the rampart. The British then directed all their guns to the position of the flag.

After a while the British Admiral expressed exasperation that the flag was still standing signifying continued defiance. Then he said to Francis Scott Key: "Your people are insane. What is the matter with them? Don't they understand this is an impossible situation?"

It was then that Francis Scott Key recalled what George Washington had said about what set the American Christian apart from all the other people in the world. He said to the British Admiral:

"He will die on his feet before he will live on his knees"


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