American Celebrates the Fourth of July with a Lot of Compassion for his Passengers

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Phil Mitchell is a poet, songwriter, and trolley driver. He is bringing a message to many Americans. America needs to come together as one family.

Phil Mitchell has a message for each person who enters his trolley. "We should not be afraid to follow the lighted path that God has placed before us. Let our nation go forth in peace and harmony so that all our buildings, rivers, mountains, and people reflect the spirit of the nation. Let us rebuild in love and see a future at last for our children." Phil drives a trolley, puts on a hat, and greets passengers as they enter. “Welcome and enjoy the city” and a warm smile greets each passenger.

Music fills the air and busy Americans make their way across the city. Soldier Field stands out as tribute to WWII veterans. Chicago has so much to offer, such as a beautiful river, high buildings, and a scenic lakefront. The Chicago White Sox won the 2005 World Series

Mitchell states that we are all different in some ways but we have some common ties. The older passengers can remember a more loving time in the past and often express this thought. They are concerned. They had a war to help bring people together. They wonder if all they did was not enough. America has always had its challenges, especially during the great wars and its first few decades. It was people going forward with strength and character that finally set the tone.

Is there a sense of uncaring in society? Mitchell believes people are frustrated, “It is hard for people to think that the government cares when they see rising health care costs, a stagnant economy, and an insurmountable national debt. They know things are not easy to fix. But things are not going to get fixed if Americans do not pull together.

“One person can not go it alone. Americans are more concerned about the here and now rather than building a solid future for their children. Chicago rebuilt from a great fire in 1871. People pulled together and they saw a need. Visitors who get on the trolley want to have a fun time. They are not thinking about other passengers. But it is the bond of caring that holds together the people of this nation.

“We need to be more than just free. We need to shine freely and become a more caring family. Americans could be so much closer together. God has set a loving path for this nation. We often do not see it or see a need to build a loving society. Life is so much more beautiful when people are pulling together to help a great cause.

The light of the Morning Star is reflected in Mitchell's music and poems. The songs speak of the Mississippi River, George Washington, rebuilding, relationships, faith, and love. No matter what the storms are in our lives, Americans can overcome them.

Mitchell considers himself more than just a musician or poet. He considers himself a part of history. It is common people that have built the history in America. Driving a trolley may not be the same as being the president, but Mitchell sees a spirit building everyday while he driving. We can make a change if enough people decide to get together and make a difference. Mitchell is just one of these patriotic Americans and he is hopeful that many others will follow.

Last Fouth of July, Phil received a standing ovation on the trolley while reciting his poem. Phil had several reasons for writing the poem. All summer long he was looking for a way to reach out to his passengers when the words struck his heart. Do we think of the spirit of our nation when we celebrate our holiday?

A Land Will…Shine Free

I think, what is America?

Explorers from where they came,

By morning and night,

To find a land not so tame.

I think, what is America?

Captains of rivers that cry,

I can not find the course,

No matter how hard I try.

I think, what is America?

Of soldiers that fought tooth and nail,

Whose blood that was left on the plain,

Who spirit will always set sail.

I think, what is America?

As I start a new day,

Birds and song greet a light,

And God shows us the way.

Maybe this is America,

The land that I seek,

Where love is king,

And the spirit never grows weak.

Maybe this is America,

The one I dream to be,

One nation shall go forth,

A land will…shine free.

By Phil Mitchell

Copyright 2005

For more information: Please visit Phil downtown in Chicago on the trolley or see Phil's web site at http://www.philmitchell.org.

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