What makes the fourth of July powerful to you? Is it that it is a celebration of our independence as a country? If so, listen to what Charlie Daniels has to say.
Not only is he spot on with his own definitions of justice, liberty and freedom guaranteed to us by the constitution, he speaks freely of his values. He also defines what true patriotism is through his words reflecting the above values on patriotism.
The value in today’s America needs to be reborn. And Charlie Daniels re-birthed an idea that we all must pay attention to: Our fundamental rights.
We had talked about liberty, justice and freedom in a prior interview. I wanted to know more about this patriotic man who exemplifies American values.
Jenn Findley: “What I’d like to discuss our basic rights such as liberty and justice. What you had talked about in a prior article regarding saying the pledge of allegiance.”
Charlie Daniels: “Well, lay it out. I’m ready.”
And he was.
Jenn: “What does ‘justice’ mean to you? To live in a just country?”
Charlie: “It’s what our constitution is supposed to guarantee. It is a chance for everybody not to be given something extra, but the chance to achieve. If you’re not given the same chance as everybody else is, at success, at happiness, everything that Americans value, and every body else that is; that’s justice.”
Jenn: “You had said before that just like all of us, I’m sure, when you’re a kid, the justice you take for granted more than when you’re pledging allegiance to the school you said, ‘I promise to be faithful to my country, but the freedom and justice part of it, we take for granted. Then as you grow older, you are somewhat wiser.” [paraphrased].
Charlie: “Well, especially when we say the pledge of allegiance, we don’t change it. You memorize it by row. You say it by row. You don’t really stop and think what it means. If you dissect it line by line, it’s a pretty profound step in there. It’s freedom and justice for all. Pledging your best to your country. Pledging your allegiance; your loyalty.”
Jenn: “Do you think we live in a just country for the most part?”
Charlie: “I think for the most part, we do. I think there are injustices. I think there are a lot of injustices done of people who are trying to do good. I think, to me, to give people entitlements.
That is an attempt to level the playing field. That you would give people special privileges to the point where they have been so used to them, that they couldn’t do it without them. That to me is injustice to me. Let’s take for an example, an animal, lets take a horse. If you didn’t get it to stop nursing and you just let it go on and on, it would be unfair to it because it gets to the point where it can’t fend for itself. And it’s the same way with human beings. It happens with human beings also. They finally at last after, and it’s proven now, after what, 4th generation, 3rd generation, of entitlement generation. People get to the point where they can no longer fend for themselves. Look at what happened to New Orleans during the flood. Right over next door in Mississippi, at one point, the sun came out and things cleared up and the people in the city are out. Picking everything up, rebuilding it. And over, right across the river, over in New Orleans, people were nursing the ‘come give me’. They had that as a concept for how to take care of themselves. That is unjust. That’s unjust. It is unjust to give to the people where they can no longer fend for themselves. That mother’s milk, that they can not go into the world and take care of themselves. That is injustice. Injustice is done and they think they are doing the right thing. I bet you can overdo it. Anytime you make people dependent and they like that brace, when you make people dependent, it’s injustice.
Jenn: “I couldn’t agree with you more. It is like the saying, teach a man to fish and he will learn to feed himself. Give a man a fish, and he will go hungry the next day.”
Charlie: “I couldn’t agree more.”
Jenn: “That’s a really refreshing point of view. Thank you for sharing that. You were also saying freedom from race and creed, and I thought that was really cool because why shouldn’t it be that way? Wasn’t it written in our constitution that way?”
Charlie: “Right. Well, when I was a kid, and of course, I’m 78 in October, and I was born at the backend in the Jim Crow days. In the due south when there was discrimination laws. When there were the Jim Crow laws where people had to sit at the back of the bus. There were separate eating facilities. And all that stuff that were par for the course for me. I didn’t know any different. I grew up in that kind of society. That of course, that particular subject has a unique meaning for me because I’ve seen injustice. And in that way and it’s one of the most cruel one of the most wasteful ways of forms of injustice. When you’re deprived of what you want to do simply because you have a different color skin, that is so wrong. And I learned that for myself. Since I came up in it was to be years. In my formative years, it was to get on in the world. I want to say ‘This is wrong’. We have just done wrong. This can’t go on. I’m very sensitive on this subject.
I’m very sensitive on people who call somebody a racist simply because they criticize a President. That’s not racism by any stretch of the imagination.
What really gets me is when people call you a racist and they don’t even know what racism is.”
In total agreement with Charlie Daniels, I was surprised. Having grown up in LA many years later than his formative years, things were quite different in my youth than Charlie’s. However, we have a very similar belief system when it comes to doing what we are supposed to do as a just country.
Charlie is correct in his words defining justice. He has a fair mind that serves to do good for others regardless of their race, color and creed.
On Friday, July 4th, The Charlie Daniels Band will help celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, as his newly recorded performance of “My Home,” written by the Emmy Award winning songwriting team of Doug Katsaros and William Schermerhorn, at the 38th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® ignite the sky over New York City – Live from the Brooklyn Bridge. Set to deliver the nation’s largest display of patriotic firepower and ready to dazzle more than 3 million spectators and millions more on television nationwide, Macy’s Fireworks this year will be launched from barges positioned on the lower East River and from the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. This will be a patriotic wonder.
The 25-minute display will be choreographed to dynamic new arrangements of both classic patriotic favorites and new musical selections.
Spectators from coast-to-coast will also have a front row view of the pyro in the sky by tuning to NBC’s national broadcast of “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” at 8:00 PM ET (check local listings). In addition to the pyrotechnics, the 4th of July’s most popular entertainment special will be hosted by Nick Cannon and feature performances from Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Lionel Ritchie, and more of the nation’s hottest musical acts.