Painting of Sir Edward Elgar, O.M. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The title probably brings in your mind, like it does for me, the great British patriotic song, with music by Edward Elgar and lyrics by A. C. Benson, written in 1902. In the 70s this song was alternatively played at public occasions in England, where we were offered the national hymn before a performance in the theatre and cinema and all stood up straight, feeling some pride.
The Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 is the background music for telling us that hope is crowned and hopes that God will make it mightier.The king his kingdom might be strong but only when
Freedom gained, by Truth maintained,
In a state people should maintain the truth to be able to keep their freedom. Today lots of governing people have forgotten that though wider still and wider shall its bounds be set, this is only possible because there is a much Higher Supreme Being that allows it to happen.
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
goes the song.
Thy fame is ancient as the days,
As Ocean large and wide:
A pride that dares, and heeds not praise,
A stern and silent pride;
Not that false joy that dreams content
With what our sires have won;
The blood a hero sire hath spent
Still nerves a hero son.
The reference to the extension of the British Empire‘s boundaries may reflect the Boer War, Tweede Boerenoorlog or Tweede Vryheidsoorlog, recently won at the time of writing, in which Britain gained further territory, endowed with considerable mineral wealth. The war ended in victory for Britain and the annexation of the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State. So it was not such a nice venture to be honoured. Though in the end, having both be incorporated into the Union of South Africa in 1910 it worked out not so badly.
The defending Dutch forces at the Battle of Blaauwberg (1806) were defeated and the many Boers who were dissatisfied with aspects of British administration, in particular with Britain’s abolition of slavery on 1 December 1834, elected to migrate away from British rule in what became known as the Great Trek.
Centuries later we could see an opposite Great Trek in the world. People wanting to flee slavery of systems who oppress them. They are looking for a land of “hope and glory”. They are not interested in expansionist ideas of a country, but are looking for a land that has more to offer than their own birth place.
Across the ocean to the West, there are many people living now who forget they have ancestors who also tried to find more freedom and a better way to live than here in Europe. Those ancestors wanted to get rid of those who wanted political, social, and economic control over their lives and also at one point wanted a single unified state where they could prosper and have their family growing up in peace and wealth.
Today their grand-grandchildren have forgotten those dreams their over-grandparents had. Or they have become so selfish they do not want to give others the same chances their family had.
Today America’s immigration system is broken. Good to see the President is taking executive action to fix what he can to help build a system that lives up to their heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. The United States of America is only what it is today because of those ancestors who came form all over Europe to build up something of which they dreamed. they were willing to leave everything behind what they had to go to unknown places where they could construct a new life, build on their dreams and aspirations. There are no stories that bring home the hope and optimism of immigration reform more than the stories of “Dreamers.” They are productive members of society, brought to the New World as young children, who grew up in the ‘American’ communities and became ‘American’ in every way, for a long time in all way but the last few years not any more in all ways, because the older immigrants resisted to give them the “paper” to accept them as co-citizens. The grandchildren of the first immigrants got refusing other immigrants to have the same dreams as their own ancestors and as themselves, wanting to live in a free world where every person would be able to build his own life.
Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley talk with a young member of the French resistance in the American sector during the liberation of Lower Normandy in the summer of 1944. ID: p013328 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Those children of the early immigrants have forgotten that throughout the American history, immigration to this land has contributed greatly to the strength and character of their Republic. Dwight D. Eisenhower could still say
Over the years we have provided for such immigration because it has been to our own national interest that we do so. It is no less to our national interest that we do so under laws that operate equitably.”
Today many North Americans have forgotten the National interest and are more concerned about their own privilege, their own interest in having nobody else who could take their job, nobody else who could come to live near to them. They all want the space for themselves and do not want to share the multitude with others.
They clearly have forgotten that even today the contribution of immigrants still could be seen in every aspect of their national life.
We see it in religion, in business, in the arts, in education, even in athletics and in entertainment. There is no part of our nation that has not been touched by our immigrant background.”
said (in 1959) the greatest president of the nation (John F. Kennedy) who energized the United States by projecting idealism, youth, and vigour.
Lyndon B. Johnson added to that on October 2, 1965:
“Our beautiful America was built by a nation of strangers. From a hundred different places or more they have poured forth into an empty land, joining and blending in one mighty and irresistible tide. The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources — because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.”
To keep it young and twirling the North Americans should remember that and aim for a continuous refreshing new breath, allowing the rich mosaic of many cultures and traditions, to continue to be strong in its diversity.
In the past each new immigrant has added another piece to the mosaic of American life — a fresh perspective and a fresh appreciation of what it means to be an American. This for sure has been the lung of that State. It has been the breathing force of that ‘generation’.
The New World could face many waves.
Gerald Ford December 2, 1974 also recognised this and said:
“Each new wave of pioneers and immigrants had to build a place for themselves and add their individual contributions to this new life. ”
The present generation of North Americans seem to have forgotten how they have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic, because their ancestors allowed others with dreams to come and build their new world in that mighty space where there is a plenty-fold of grounds, beautiful pastures and very wide planes providing enough space for many people. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
The actor and president Ronald Reagan on July 20, 1981 said:
“Our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other country, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands. No free and prosperous nation can by itself accommodate all those who seek a better life or flee persecution.”
When we do hear the reactions against the measures the first black president of the United States took, you would think most of those who call themselves now “American” and consider the Indian country as theirs, have forgotten their own immigrant heritage. It is as if they are denying what their ancestors had to fight for. Though they are on the first line to shout about their rights and about the ‘first amendments’. They are not willing any more to be reminded of those battles fought to get some ground, to get some foot somewhere in that great country. They do not want to bear any more the different memories, honouring different heritages. It looks like they have forgotten how they have strengthened the economy of what is now a thriving state. It also looks like they have forgotten that their enriched culture got only there because of those who put their hope in the continuously renewed promise of freedom and opportunity for all. Only by all those people who wanted to leave what they had in the other place in the world, bringing their hopes, talent and hard work and love of freedom to that New World, have helped make America the leader of the world.
Should they not consider it special, and should they not be proud, knowing that people around the world are willing to leave their homes and leave their families and risk everything to come to America?
Should today’s generation of North Americans not ensure that America remains a beacon of liberty and the most hopeful society this world has ever known?
Barack Obama on January 29, 2013 said:
“We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. That’s who we are — in our bones. The promise we see in those who come here from every corner of the globe, that’s always been one of our greatest strengths. It keeps our workforce young. It keeps our country on the cutting edge. And it’s helped build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.”
In this week’s address, the President laid out the steps he took this past week to fix the broken immigration system. Enacted within his legal authority, the President’s plan focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border; deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes.
President Obama cares deeply about those who had many dreams for a better life. Have a look for what he had to say about it. Watch for yourself here.
Come to see and understand why President Obama’s action on immigration offered many the chance to give back — to do right by the law, and contribute to what they also wanted to be their country that has given them so much. And his actions last week will give that opportunity to so many people who are Americans in their hearts, but not on paper.
As a kid, I dreamed of graduating from college, and hugging my parents with my diploma in hand.
There was just one problem: I found out that I am not a citizen. My parents brought me to America when I was just four years old.
This country is the only place I’ve ever called home. It means everything to me. And when I learned that I was undocumented, it shattered my life.
The citizens who consider themselves the only ones who can be American should remember their families past and rethink about what attitude they want to take to others who only do the same as what their ancestors did. Their contemporary president who wants to open his heart to all Americans talks about bringing undocumented immigrants like so many out of the shadows, so that they too can do right by the law and play by the rules. That’s why President Obama is taking these steps — but as he said on Friday, Congress needs to pass a comprehensive solution to fully solve this problem.
Because my brother is a citizen, my parents will have a chance to stay here and keep our family together. So for me, this is personal. But I’m not the only one: So many families will benefit.
See what the President announced last week, and please share this message with your friends and family:
- The Constitution of the United States of America, 19th Amendment (nesaranetwork.com)
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
- We the People (serenitygame.com)
My question today, which I’ve been mulling over for the past few months, is what the hell happened to “We the People?” Because I’m looking down the barrel of my 60th birthday coming up I’ve been looking back over my life from a freedom and privacy perspective. My rights, personal freedom and privacy, have eroded drastically over the decades. Women’s rights are moving backwards at an alarming rate.
- How Churchill helped Dismantle the Empire (writedge.com)
One of the facts of history is that one time the sun never set on the British Empire. In 1939 England was all powerful with a colony encompassing half the globe. How come that within a span of 8 years the British Empire collapsed like a pack of cards. There were many factors and one of them was Winston Churchill.
Churchill’s tryst with power began in 1911 when he entered the inner cabinet as First Lord. At that time England controlled the greatest empire in world history, greater than any even Genghis Khan or Aurangzeb or the Roman Empire. When Churchill left in 1945, Britain was a poor island. He was a Great Man, yet he presided over the demise of the greatness of England.
The fact is Churchill lusted for war and his decision to bomb defeated Germany’s population from January to May 1945, when more than a hundred thousand died was a criminal act without parallel. During his rise to greatness saw England fight two world wars that sounded the death knell of the Empire.
- Now pupils can study 2,000 years of immigration for GCSE: Pupils will learn about reasons and impact on the country in new history exam (dailymail.co.uk)
Teenagers will be able to study 2,000 years of immigration to Britain as part of plans for a new history GCSE.
Those studying the module will learn about the reasons for immigration, the experience of migrants and their impact on the country.
The OCR exam board, which has drawn up the proposals, said pupils would discover parallels to the modern day.
Mike Goddard, OCR’s head of history, said: ‘Migration is an ideal history topic for GCSE students to study, allowing them to consider fundamental historical concepts such as continuity, change and significance, rooted in the major events of England’s history.
- We Love the USA (legosandtutus.wordpress.com)
Jordan and Mary participated in the fourth grade performance of We Love the U.S.A in honor of Veteran’s Day. They sang several patriotic songs along with historic sayings and quotes. Jordan is also in the Show Choir so he sang more songs and had a bit more choreography along with a big part singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”. Mary also had a part singing “Let Freedom Ring”. In all the class sang 16 songs as a tribute to our country.
- 15 Inspirational Quotes About Change in Life (everydaypowerblog.com)
If we are to live fully, we are to live with change. But change isn’t always easy. We’ve compiled some quotes about change to inspire it’s waaaarm embrace. Whether it’s new obstacles at work, new demands in school or changes in the family – major transitions are a part of life. Let’s not run from change, let’s dance with it.
- Classical music: Today is Veterans Day in the U.S. and this week brings Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth nations including Great Britain, Canada and Australian. To honor veterans – – both military and civilian – The Ear plays the “Nimrod” section from S (welltempered.wordpress.com)
- Mint.com: The Complete History of Banks in the United States (mint.com)
When the United States became an independent nation, it did not have a central bank. This was a legacy of the colonial era. During this time, each colony followed its own practices relating to money. The differences among the colonies were the result of British regulations and a shortage in the money supply. The British never allowed the colonists to make currency, but they also failed to provide the colonists with enough coins. Many colonists turned to bartering and using items like tobacco as currency, while others used French, Spanish, and Portuguese coins that had found their way into North America from the West Indies. Paper “bills of credit” were also popular in some areas, but the use of these led to price increases. By the time the American colonies won freedom from Britain, the absence of a common currency and a central banking system were a larger problem than ever. America’s early leaders realized that unless they found a way to bring all of the states together under a single financial system, the nation could fail as a whole. The United States needed a single line of currency to finance its war debts, and creating a central bank to supervise and issue that currency was an excellent way to make sure that those debts were paid. Having a central bank would also help the new nation remain united against other countries in the event of another war. In addition, having a standard American currency and a central bank could help improve trade, which was suffering greatly in the wake of the American Revolution. The history of banks in the United States is a rather long one. The country experimented with several different banking systems until the twentieth century, when it created the Federal Reserve system that remains in place today.
- Second World War And Axis Victory (debatepolitics.com)
What do you think the results would have been if the USSR and Nazi Germany had maintained the peace/nonaggression pact?Do you think that war could have been brought to the United States door step? I certainly think that the UK mainland would have been in trouble. I don’t know if mainland America could have been invaded. And maybe the soviets would have used their resources in the east?
- Obama’s new measures on immigration system (tradenewswire.net)
The United States of America’s immigration system has been broken for decades, which was why President Barack Obama announced new steps to address as much of the problem as he can using his executive authority, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
According to a statement obtained by The White House, that is why he’ll continue to work with Congress to pass comprehensive reform.