Happy Independence Day From Outside The Beltway!

Yes, it's still okay to celebrate America.

Happy Independence Day from Outside The Beltway! In addition to the thoughts about the values of the Declaration of Independence that Steven Taylor wrote about, and my post on the impact that the Trump Era has had on national pride, I’ll just leave you with a couple songs.

First, there’s one that expresses sentiments that are starkly missing in the country today, sung as only Frank Sinatra can sing it, This particular version, appropriately enough, comes from a concert at the White House in April 1973 backed by the Marine Band:

And here’s a second version from about a year later at Madison Square Garden:

And next, there’s “America The Beautiful,” which has never sounded better than it did when it came from the music of the blind descendent of former slaves who grew up in the Jim Crow Era himself:

Finally, of course, the National Anthem:

Stay safe today and enjoy the day off if you can. Otherwise, consider this an open thread.

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Mister Bluster says:

    José Feliciano was pilloried for this 50 years go.

  2. An Interested Party says:

    This is what Independence Day is all about…

  3. Ben Wolf says:

    For the less self-congratulatory, assuming any read this blog:

    What To The American Slave Is Your 4th of July?

  4. Franklin says:

    The ideals as written were a good start, and in many ways I believe we’ve moved closer to them. Here’s to continued progress!