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“God Bless the USA”

Illustration by Nicolas Ortega; Photograph from Getty Images, via The New York Times.
  • Editor’s note: These videos and the story at bottom provide hope for the future!

Video: God Bless the U.S.A featuring Lee Greenwood, Home Free and The Singing Sergeants

Video: God Bless the U.S.A. (by Lee Greenwood) – The Tabernacle Choir

Video: God Bless America (by Irving Berlin, 2019) – The Tabernacle Choir

Video: Love One Another (2019) – The Tabernacle Choir

  • From Nicholas Kristoff in The New York Times:

We Interrupt This Gloom to Offer … Hope – Yes, America is suffering needlessly. That may save us.”

“Just one in six Americans in a poll last month was “proud” of the state of the country, and about two out of three were actually “fearful” about it. So let me introduce a new thought: “hope.”

“Yes, our nation is a mess, but overlapping catastrophes have also created conditions that may finally let us extricate ourselves from the mire. The grim awareness of national failures — on the coronavirus, racism, health care and jobs — may be a necessary prelude to fixing our country.

The last time our economy was this troubled, Herbert Hoover’s failures led to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s election with a mandate to revitalize the nation. The result was the New Deal, Social Security, rural electrification, government jobs programs and a 35-year burst of inclusive growth that built the modern middle class and arguably made the United States the richest and most powerful country in the history of the world.

‘History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. And when I reached out through the gloom to consult experts, I was struck by how much hope I heard.” Read more of this Op-Ed in The New York Times.

Click here to read the Op-Ed, if not NYT sunbscriber.

Posted by Steve on August 2, 2020 at 12:10 am | Permalink

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  1. Such gloriously gentle,peaceful & inspiring music. The perfect antidote for these troubling, aggressive times.

    And a really encouraging, hopefully inspiring Op Ed.

    Comment by Jo Macdonald on August 2, 2020 at 10:08 pm

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