How was your Fourth of July? Along with millions of American, I spent the day with family and friends. Like millions of Americans, we started out our day at our hometown parade. A few months ago, the Oak Creek celebrations commission refused to have a parade because “they couldn’t get participants” due to COVID. They turned it over to a private citizen and they got a record 90 parade participants. The crowd was HUGE. It highlights how much we can accomplish when we are independent of government. We also had a well attended fireworks display on the shores of Lake Michigan.
I noticed everyone getting along. I didn't see any of the divisiveness we've seen in the past year. Now before you roll your eyes and say we're just a white suburban conservative American town, my little neighborhood has pretty much every ethnic background, sexual orientation and political persuasion represented. What I noticed yesterday was Americans being Americans and it felt good.
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Aaron Lewis’s patriotic anthem “Am I the Only One” soared up the charts, passing “Renegade” featuring Taylor Swift, over the July 4th weekend. The patriotic anthem, dedicated to “all the patriots,” calls out left-wing activists and slams those who tore statutes down during the Black Lives Matter riots last year.
“Am I the only one here tonight, shakin’ my head and think’ something ain’t right,” Lewis sings. “Is it just me, am I losing my mind, am I standing on the edge at the end of time?”
“Am I the only one not brainwashed? Makin’ my way through the land of the lost. Who still gives a shit, and worries ’bout his kids. As they try to undo all the things he did?” Lewis sings in another verse.
This ain’t the freedom we’ve been fightin’ for
It was somethin’ more, yeah, it was somethin’ more
Am I the only one, willin’ to fight
For my love of the red and white
And the blue, burnin’ on the ground
Another statue comin’ down in a town near you.....
song and photo credit: Music video by Aaron Lewis performing Am I The Only One (Lyric Video). © 2021 Big Machine Label Group, LLC