This poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is a great reminder that it is our people that make this nation great. It’s the blood they poured out in battles to protect our freedom, and the grit, will and resolve from those men and women that keep us free today.
Enjoy your friends and families this weekend, and pause on the fact that you are blessed to live in the greatest country on the planet, then give thanks to those that make it possible.
A Nation’s Strength
What makes a nation’s pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?
It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.
Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.
And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.
Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly…
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.
Happy 4th to all…now for a little bonus message from the Dos Marcos Podcast: