I know lots of people say this. Some of them even do Google/Yahoo! searches on the phrase,
“land of the free because of the brave,” and end up here, likely due to the title of this blog — Site Meter says so. Apparently, they’re looking for a person to whom they should attribute that quotation.
But that’s not the famous quotation. Nor is it the last line of all four stanzas of the Star-Spangled Banner (which is “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”). Although many people have used the words, “land of the free because of the brave,” they are not really attributable to any particular personage.
Indeed, America is the land of the free because of the brave and we must never forget the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform as their bravery has helped to keep us free.
However, America is the land of the free and the home of the brave because it takes real courage to live as freely as we do — even if we haven’t yet grown enough guts to stop outlawing temptation so that we can be truly free (as well as sincerely repentant) — and because every right our brave soldiers have fought to secure, protect and defend comes with awesome responsibilities.
Chew on that one, LINOs!