Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Birthday, USA!!

I'm just three weeks away from becoming a naturalised US citizen. I already love the land itself - it's hard not to. There's so much beauty, variety, and space, space, space. Space to breathe - at least here in the mid-section, in Oklahoma, and in neighbouring Texas, magical New Mexico, beautiful Colorado, down to Earth Kansas. Those who think the USA = New York, Washington, the East Coast and California just don't get it!

I do not love the land's government, but then I'm not required to, few natural born citizens do at this moment. A country isn't its government and the dreadful things they frequently impose upon their citizens, and citizens of other nations. A country is the land and its people. I find myself now, here in the midst of it all, able to say, hand on heart, that this land is truly grand, as are its people!

A handful of quotes from 4 famous US Presidents. They do (kind of) reflect their owner's astrology:

George Washington born 22 February 1732 (Sun+Venus Pisces, Moon Capricorn) called "Father of the Nation"

"Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person's own mind, than on the externals in the world"

John Adams born 30 October 1735 (Sun+Mercury+Venus in Scorpio, Uranus in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Capricorn)

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for creeds, confessions, oaths, doctrines and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity".

(Wow! Well said Sir!!)

Thomas Jefferson born 13 April 1743 (Sun Aries, Moon Sagittarius)

"A little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

And, from a little nearer to our own time:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt born 30 January 1882 (Sun+Mercury+Venus in Aquarius. Moon in Cancer).

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs, who, however, has never learned to walk."

And speaking of good legs.....

Enjoy the day y'all!


Wisewebwoman said...

Your first as a citizen, T. Have a great one!
No offence, and I'm far from a prude, but I just don't like the pic and its connotations. Just sayin'....

Twilight said...

Oh! Hmmm - sorry if you found that pic offensive, WWW.

I have a soft spot for American pinup art, I've blogged about it before, I do realise though that not all women appreciate it.

I looked on the pic as a way to lighten the somewhat misty-eyed approach to 4 July, but still using something essentially American - and hoped it might bring a smile.


Anonymous said...

What sort of car do you suppose John Adams was talking about?

I like the pic. I appreciate visuals that are striking and make you look twice. They also make me think of the artist and appreciate their talent. I think it is because I am my father's daughter and it looks like something that would catch his eye.
However, there was a story Dad once told about being surprised by his own negative reaction to a boxer parading around the ring wrapped in an American flag. Hmmm...

kaleymorris said...

Sorry. Didn't mean to make that comment anonymous.

Twilight said...

Hi kaleymorris

I was curious as to which other of the husband's offsprings might be commenting as Anonymous, knowing that you usually don't do so. Then I saw your second comment :-)

I've had the lecture from Himself about using the flag as a garment, or anything else unseemly - yes ;-)

I tested this pic with him and though he wasn't wildly enthusiastic he said he didn't find it offensive.

I just love the best of US pinup art - Vargas, Petty, Elvgren et al.

I'm not sure who the artist is here, I found it among a group of "patriotic pinups" and thought it was the least - yes you've gussed it - "twee" of all of them. :-)

Twilight said...

Meant to say about "carload" - I've checked in several places and it's always quoted like that. I suspect that at some point a "t" might have been omitted.