Saturday, September 12, 2009

A new nation

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,"
- The Declaration of Independence -

The founding fathers truly believed every sentence they wrote in America's founding documents. For they sacrificed their property, sacred honor and their lives in the name of liberty. The freedom we enjoy daily in this great nation is the direct result of their selfless endeavor to birth a free society. These man held themselves to the highest moral code, and fully recognized that without the hand of an omnipotent God, their efforts would soon prove to be worthless. Also, the prospect of a new nation based upon free principles was not only a dangerous idea in their day, but also an unprecedented one. The United States of America is the only country of its kind. During the constitutional convention, our nations founders were faced with a predicament, for when an individual mentioned their previous
country, Britain or Europe, Thomas Jefferson would remind them that comparing America to Europe is equal to comparing heaven and hell! These words ring true centuries after they were uttered. For never has a nation blended the systems of democracy, aristocracy and monarchy in a concentrated fashion, resulting in a free nation. These ideas are revolutionary, and changed the way people viewed freedom and liberty forever.
What would it take for Americans to come to the realization that they are among the most privileged beings in the world? Maybe we would stop complaining about what politicians can't give us, and be thankful that we live in a society where limited government is valued and where our freedoms are protected on a daily basis. America would be a very different place if we knew what America stood for, and what we represent as Americans. I know one thing, I am proud, and extremely privileged to be an American.

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