Back in the U.S.A

Saturday, November 24, 2007
Category: Miscellaneous

Having just completed the 27 hour journey back home for India I'm glad to be, "Back In The U.S.A". I always enjoy my trips to India, the people and the food are wonderful, but, it is nice to be home.

As the Delta Boeing 767-300ER taxied to our gate the Bruce Springsteen song, "Born In the U.S.A" came to mind. The song popped into my head for its title not its lyrics. Chuck Berry's lyrics in, "Back In the U.S.A", are a more fitting reflection of my emotions,

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today.
We just touched ground on an international runway.
Jet propelled back home from overseas to the U.S.A.

So, now I have a new play list on my iPhone called, U.S.A. Here is what I put in it so far. The links are to the iTunes music store.


I included the, "Air force Song", in my list as a reminder of my Grandpa Al who was a bomber flight engineer in World War II. The U.S. Air Force would not be created until after World War II, but, my grandfather was proud of his service to his country and made it clear that he wanted the Air Force Song played at his funeral.

Lee Greenwood's song, "God Bless the U.S.A", debuted in 1984 the same year as Springsteen's "Born In the U.S.A". Both songs have valuable messages for our country today. Springsteen's descriptions of the struggles of a Vietnam solder returning to life in the U.S.A can be a clear reminder to treat our soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with honor and respect for their sacrifice. Greewood's lyrics remind us that our nation is based on the common man (volunteer military) in defense of freedom (Bill of Rights). Defense of our Bill of Rights should not be confused with defense of the officials in our government, except of course to the extent that their position represents our system of law. When Lee sings that he would gladly stand up and defend her still today I believe that he is reminding all of us to stand up to defend our Bill of Rights from all enemies both foreign and domestic so that our children will enjoy a life of freedom.


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