(1) Happy Birthday, America!*
(2) America: The Power that Counts
(3) A Russian Hopes for Russia's Independence Some Day, Too
by George M. Cohan
You're a grand old flag!
You're a high-flying flag,
And forever in peace may you wave!
You're the emblem of
The land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
And should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag!
*Actually, as explained below, today isn't really America's birthday, it was two weeks ago. Today is the day on which America was conceived, rather than born, and it's admittedly somewhat odd that of the two dates Americans should choose to celebrate only the former rather than (at least) both, and should call the former the latter. Then again, the rest of the world probably thinks it's odd to point out both America's flaws and its virtues on its birthday -- which is why American keeps leaving the rest of the besotted world in its dust! Many Americans, however, at least correctly refer to this holiday as "Independence Day" and not America's birthday, and since this is the only chance we get to wish the grand old girl many happy returns, we happily do so.