What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
My country,’ tis of thee,
sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
land where my fathers died,
land of the pilgrims’ pride,
from every mountainside let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
land of the noble free, thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
thy woods and templed hills;
my heart with rapture thrills, like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
and ring from all the trees sweet freedom’s song;
let mortal tongues awake;
let all that breathe partake;
let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.
Our fathers’ God, to thee,
author of liberty, to thee we sing;
long may our land be bright
with freedom’s holy light;
protect us by thy might, great God, our King.
God bless the USA. I, unlike some others, pledge allegiance to our flag. I pay my respects to those who have died in service of our great nation. I pledge my loyalty to and support of our troops currently advancing the cause of freedom throughout the world.
In this time of strife and turmoil, it is increasingly more important that we all stand firm in our resolve to protect our liberties, freedoms, and rights, from both foreign and domestic powers seeking to take them away.
For it is wisdom in the Father that [we] should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father. . . . (3 Nephi 21:4)