Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

I woke up this morning knowing exactly what I was going to post today.  I was going to embed a YouTube video of Jimmy Cagney singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy."  But, I found out that the videos of this wonderful song and dance sequence are all configured so that they can't be embedded.  So, I guess I'll have to settle for a picture of him in that role.
Back when that movie was made, people weren't afraid to appear patriotic.  I wish we still were more like that.  This is a country that has many faults.  And, sometimes I think that the extreme partisanship that exists today is going to tear us apart.  But, then I remember that, in our short history, we've endured much worse than a bunch of bombastic politicians who care more for getting elected than they do about their country, and I believe that we will survive this.

So, Happy Birthday America.  I love you, and I am grateful every day that I was lucky enough to have been born in a country as wonderful as this one is, warts and all.

By the way, I just looked at the schedule, "Yankee Doodle Dandy" is on TCM tonight at 8 PM


Madi and Mom said...


Sharon said...

Neat old picture, I can hear him singing, even without the music!

Happy 4th, Louise!

That corgi :) said...

I am thankful that I live in a free country! It is kind of true with the patriotism isn't it? I do remember after 9-11 everyone had their flags out; now rarely do you see a flag display (at least here)

I hope you have a nice Fourth!


texwisgirl said...

so true on the divisiveness of our political parties... but i am grateful for all we do have here and so often take for granted ...


Sandra said...

Happy Independence Day, Louise!

Gary said...

Happy 4th. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm with Sharon--I can hear him singing just looking at the picture--I'll be sure to tune in this evening. I hope you're having a good day Louise--Happy 4th!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wonderful post. I will have to remind myself tonight to turn on the TV to watch that. I love original music scores and old musicals. Such an honest way to tell a story, compared to many movies today, don't you think?

Proud to be an American, too,

Upupaepops said...

a yankee doodle dandy
a yankee
doodle do or die

You can hear it.

I feel it was his best role. It showed how completely talented he was

I am longing to see Independence Day, totally a wonderful Will Smith movie.

Or "An American President", one of my favorite romances

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

happy 4th louise! today i said a little prayer while walking down to the barn. i was grateful to be born here and proud of being an american and proud of our ancestors who were so brave!

Leontien said...

Haha I have NO idea who Yankee Doodle Dandy is or what he is but I WILL google! haha

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July with your family and thank you for your sweet comment at my bucket list post!


Terry said...

A wonderful post, Louise!

Anonymous said...

Happy 4th, Louise! (a bit belated).