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“Let the Guilty Pay…”

July 4th, 2019 Comments off

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That’s not necessarily an indictment of the song, its writer, or the artist that popularizes a tune.  It is a statement of reality, of the ebb and flow of music and culture.  The new becomes familiar, and the familiar – right or wrong – becomes ‘old.’


But as the Japanese and other cultures grasp, old can be beautiful.

The lyrics for the song “Independence Day” that follows is from the Song Facts website, from this link here, and is provided under fair use guidelines.


Independence Day

Well she seemed all right by dawn’s early light
Though she looked a little worried and weak.
She tried to pretend he wasn’t drinkin’ again
But daddy’d left the proof on her cheek.
And I was only eight years old that summer
And I always seemed to be in the way
So I took myself down to the fair in town
On Independence Day.

Well, word gets around in a small, small town
They said he was a dangerous man
But mama was proud and she stood her ground
But she knew she was on the losin’ end.
Some folks whispered and some folks talked
But everybody looked the other way
And when time ran out there was no one about
On Independence Day.

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today
Is a day of reckoning.
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay
It’s Independence Day.

Well, she lit up the sky that fourth of July
By the time that the firemen come
They just put out the flames
And took down some names
And send me to the county home.
Now I ain’t sayin’ it’s right or it’s wrong
But maybe it’s the only way.
Talk about your revolution
It’s Independence Day.

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today
Is a day of reckoning.
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay
It’s Independence Day.

Roll the stone away
It’s Independence Day.

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What does the song mean?

According to the country-music website, The Boot at this link here, “In 1994, Martina McBride released “Independence Day,” a single that became one of her signature songs. Written by Gretchen Peters, the tune shares the story of a mother and daughter living with an abusive husband, told through the eyes of the young girl. On July 4th, the lyrics go, the daughter walks down to the fairgrounds — and while she is out, her mother burns down their house, with her husband inside, and achieves her own “Independence Day.”

To say that it has dark overtones is to state the obvious.

But that doesn’t mean or imply that this is a song about hopelessness.  Quite the contrary, as tragic as the story is, this song has energy, hope, ironic joy, and overtones of the Christian belief in the resurrection.

None of this seems to have anything to do with the 4th of July holiday that we call Independence Day. Or does it?



The music video shows a Fourth of July parade, full of the pomp, patriotism, and the regalia that was part of small-town life decades ago.  Some would argue that such can still be found in numbers of America’s rural towns. Some of those are towns where a single section manufactured home may be found sited on a piece of property flaked by conventional housing.


Let the Guilty Pay

Part of the lyrics from McBride’s hit song has a refrain, “Let the guilty pay.” America is known as the “Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.” The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are etched on the façade of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Historically speaking, America has always had rich and poor, the powerful and the meek. Despite untold numbers of examples in almost 2½ centuries of history as a nation since 13 colonies declared their independence from Britain, there has been obvious times when “equal justice” was not administered.

But the ideal is still to be held high. It is part of what inspires young soldiers, sailors, aviators, and support people to join the military – the high and noble call to fight for the ideals of our country.

Apart from a clear understanding of the effects of sin in life, no one can possibly grasp all the powerful nuances of the McBride song. Nor can we understand what’s right and wrong in our industry or nation apart from a clear grasp of what is true and what is false.

Too few ask, what is the impact of the rigging of America on millions of our fellows? Doesn’t it contribute to the drinking, the drug abuse, the economic stress, the broken families, the tragedies that this music video exemplifies?  How many lives are lost or squandered, due to the abuses of the noble ideals of the American dream?  Thus, the struggle continues.

But yes, millions live a life here in the U.S.A. that most of the world can only dream about.  We should celebrate that reality.  But we must also strive day by day to continue to elevate the American dream to achieve its ideals.

Roll the stone away,” is a lyrical echo from McBride’s song that is a reminder of the Resurrection of Christ. It is a reminder too that believers hold in the promise of their own resurrection someday. Let the guilty pay,” when the resurrection comes, the unrepentant guilty will – in the minds of millions of believers – pay. Eternally.

The lyrics and the performance of the music video “Independence Day” captures a world of emotion.  The lyrics, video, and singing are brilliantly done.  They combine in a performance with messages as fitting as can be for this noble national holiday.

To get a sense of the historical meaning of Independence Day, see the Masthead article linked below.  Don’t worry, despite the featured image, it is focused on history, not this song.


America – the Story of US – Declaration of Independence

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Markets Closed for Memorial Day

May 29th, 2017 Comments off

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The U.S. Stock Markets are closed today, in deference to the Memorial Day holiday. Normally known in the U.S. as the “gateway to summer,” Memorial Day is a significant homage to those who have made sacrifices.

Per Wikipedia, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

The holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. It marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its unofficial end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day recalls the men and women who died while serving our country, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, commemorations were ubiquitous. The sheer number of soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War (more than 600,000) meant that burial and memorialization took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape.

In 1865, the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the Union war dead.

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Markets Closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Tension Abounds

January 16th, 2017 Comments off

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In observance of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all markets will be closed on Monday, January 16th, 2017.






Tension Abounds


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On a day where Dr. King is honored for his achievements, there is no shortage of tension leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Over 20 Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives, led by Rep. John Lewis, have said they wouldn’t attend. Some are citing the president-elect’s past lewd comments about women and remarks about illegal immigrants; others, such as Mr. Lewis, cite accusations of Russian-backed hacking of political committees during the 2016 election.


I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis told NBC. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

According to some of those lawmakers, comments that President-elect Trump made in response to the comments from Lewis prompted them to not attend.


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For me, the personal decision not to attend [the] inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis,” Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D- Calif.) said in a statement Saturday.

I Voted For Trump

Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. King, endorsed President-elect Trump in August. At the time, she told FOX Business the following:

I listened very carefully to everything Mr. Trump has said in the last 72 hours or so and I fully agree with so many of the things that he’s saying. He has taken a page from the book of my daddy, A. D. King, and my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looking at the climate, people and really being concerned about what’s happening in every community across America.


Alveda King. Credit: Washington Times.

Today, she revealed that she cast her vote for Trump in November.

King told the American Thinker that she’s been praying for Mr. Trump and his adversaries to unite and work together.

I pray that all polar opposites learn to Agape Love, live and work together as brothers and sisters — or perish as fools,” said King.

While I voted for Mr. Trump, my confidence remains in God, for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Prayers for President-elect Trump, Congressman Lewis, and everyone including leaders.


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Crowds to Descend on Washington D.C.

According to the Associated Press, officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people are expected in the nation’s capital for Donald Trump’s inauguration, and a major demonstration is scheduled for the day after.

City planners say that they are betting the Trump inauguration is similar to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013, which drew more than 800,000, rather than Obama’s first in 2009, which drew 1.8 million people. ##

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Christmas Holiday

December 25th, 2013 Comments off

In observance of the Christmas holiday, all U. S. stock markets will be closed today, December 25.

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U. S. Stock Exchanges Closed Today

November 28th, 2013 Comments off

In honor of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, all U S. stock exchanges are closed.