In 1776, those words changed world history. They set in motion a grand experiment that continues today. The ideals set forth were magnificent. Even if the new nation they birthed did not fully embody those high ideals.
But those words, and the words of our enduring constitution contained the power and guarantee that would one day liberate those who were originally deprived of these unalienable rights. The men who wrote them may not have lived them, but the ideals they enshrined ensured that right would win the day eventually.
No nation is perfect. Our nation has its flaws. Our history is littered with injustices and ugly periods, and yet, these marvelous words have been the very means by which wrongs have been righted, by which slavery was finally abolished, and by which civil rights have been established.
She may not be perfect but I am grateful for freedom, thankful for her promises, and thankful that her high ideals triumph over the imperfect men and women who lead and govern and live within her at any given point in history.