“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.”
The birth of this nation began with the unanimous declaration of a group of men who represented the then 13 United States of America with a Declaration of Independence from England. They went on after a bloody eight-year war to set up a set of rules that the new government of this country was to follow to insure the rights and safety of it’s people.
“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Nothing like it had been seen in the history of the world. Bits and pieces had been suggested through the centuries. but this country, our country, was the first to attempt to form a government which was run by the people, for the people and with the people.
Here we are, some 239 years later, and after fighting to destroy fully and publicly the institution of human slavery, and bringing the population of slaves into the American franchise of citizenship, after declaring publicly that these rights and blessings were not to be limited by gender, we have found it within ourselves as nation to keep clarifying the meaning of We the People. Not everyone is happy about our inclusions, but this country has a history of embracing all its’ people — eventually.
Just remember what America is: the New Jerusalem, a country of God. Happy 4th of July.
A point to ponder.