The United States of America was born because men felt it burning within that they could rule themselves. That freedom wasn't something you were given by another man with a title, but something that you were born with.
"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."
From the beginning of this great experiment in freedom, America set out to be different. We set out on an exceptional mission. To stand for what is right, to be the light in such a dark world.
We're the humans who exclaimed, "Down with your tyranny, down with your hate, we will not let you kill, hurt and destroy if we are able to prevent your bullying. We will not comply with you walking into our homes and taking from our property, we refuse to allow you the ability to limit our creativity, to define who we can be or limit our success in finding happiness and expanding our own lives."
With the help of God, we have established a principled, strong and brave nation. Our Founding Fathers promised to honor God in all that we did, in spoken word and deed. "We the people" swore by the idea of leading the world into a better tomorrow through our own actions.
We've had a lot of hiccups along the way. But there is no doubt that this land is exceptional because of God. Because of the great possibilities and opportunities bestowed upon the American people by their creator, the United States has prospered unlike any other nation on the planet. This land has persevered in the most troubling of realities because its people are good, its people trust in the morality and ethics of its leadership and have faith in something far greater.
Since then we have become the place where immigrants from all countries flee to, where men and women bring their children to live because they want a better life than anything they've ever known. We have grown to create some of the most successful industries in the world, we've advanced mankind on numerous fronts and due to our character, we've raised the standard of what man can achieve.
The individual is powerful. The American individual is free to be powerful.
Fast forward 236 years — do we still believe these things?
God has been pushed out of most public and many private places. Our nation has been crippled by corruption, greed and entitlements. Gone are the days of hard work and integrity, present are those that do little to get by and cheat to get ahead. Those we have trusted to lead us and protect our land and borders have failed on a major scale, blaming others and shrugging their shoulders in the process.
Those that succeed are damned and shamed while government runs trillions of dollars in the red, creates overreaching, sweeping laws and liberty-violating policies with taxes aplenty for good measure.
We're lied to constantly and have turned on one another rather than those responsible.
Founding Father and America's second President John Adams once said: "Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it."
This Independence Day let us reflect honestly, not as members of a party, but as Americans.
Is our current reality the end of the great (failed) experiment? Or is it time to "reform, alter and totally change" the outcome?
United, we can accomplish anything. "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
Let freedom ring.