"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."
May we strive to live up to the high ideals espoused in our founding documents. Let's be honest. As a nation, we've not always done so. Our founders were imperfect. The writer and signers of our Declaration of Independence were flawed. Slavery attests to this. Even our Declaration refers to, "merciless Indian savages..."
The European conquerors were flawed peoples from imperfect countries. The First Nations of North America were flawed peoples and at war with each other, conquering and being conquered for ages before those of the "Old World" discovered the supposedly "New World." First Nations, Pilgrims and immigrants and the new nation birthed in freedom in 1776 may have held lofty and noble ambitions, but they were far from perfect. Far from pure. Such is the case of fallen humanity. We are all sons and daughters of Adam.
But the ideals. Freedom. Equality before God. Rights. Liberty. Those are worthy goals.
I thank my Creator today for a nation that seeks those ideals. I do so with eyes open to her mistakes and ugly sins but with hope that with time and Divine intervention we will persevere as a nation of rights and liberty.