The United States of America is not just a country. It is a set of ideals; a mindset. This set of never-before-realized ideals brought the exquisitely rare gift of freedom and liberty to the world. It happened in stages…as any battle worth winning will be hard fought and must endure hits and misses along the way. Old ideas and patterns of behavior tend to die a slow death. Positive change almost never happens in an instant. It most often takes years, nay, decades or centuries to be fully realized. What began on July 4, 1776 was a declaration; a declaration of fundamental principles which would lead to freedom for all of mankind if they retained reverence for the fundamental core premises.
We, as a nation, need to start looking at the POSITIVES of this nation rather than dwelling on the negatives. We need to count our blessings and realize we enjoy something virtually no other people prior had ever experienced. We need to be thankful for what we DO have rather than dwelling on injustices that occurred in the past. We need to stand up and fight to defeat those are seeking to plunge this nation back into the old, failed ideas of government rule over humanity. No one knows what’s better for him or herself rather than the individual. And the rule over a populace by means of burdensome laws and regulations is literally fascism.
Are we on the right path? That’s the essential question. I would say in some ways, yes. We elected our first black president. For a nation with a history of racial issues, that is a grand achievement, indeed. It’s something to celebrate. In other ways, though, I would desperately say HECK NO! What warnings can history provide regarding the direction our country is headed? Unfortunately, history does not shine a positive light on our current trajectory.
Are we following the path that leads to more personal freedom and liberty or less? Are we on a pathway that history reveals to be extraordinarily treacherous? If we are not on a pathway that will provide MORE freedom and liberty to humanity which fought to free itself from the shackles of tyranny and achieve a level of freedom NEVER KNOWN TO CIVILIZED SOCIETY before then we are are on the wrong path. It was specifically BECAUSE of the ideals this country was founded upon that we were able to move past the evils of slavery. If we are not moving toward a greater level of personal freedom and liberty, there’s no possible way we are “progressing” as a people. The OLD system of rule is based on tyranny and oppression. Only a truly enlightened people will realize freedom from the bonds of those who seek to rule over them.
On the 150th Anniversary of the historic Gettysburgh Address, let’s step back and truly think about that which was gained in 1787, in 1863 and in 1964. Let’s get back to the ideals which freed men from tyranny…beginning with a simple proclamation:
“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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”