I believe in limited government, maximum liberty, and equality under the law. America is an exceptional country because of the circumstances surrounding its origin. Our earliest settlers fled Europe seeking relief from religious persecution; and later our founders structured a government as a result of the abusive and tyrannical actions of Britain’s king and parliament. Later, these “usurpations” directly led the American Colonies to declare independence from Britain in 1776.
It was the lack of representation and King George III’s failure to respect the natural rights of the American Colonialists that the United States of America exists today. I believe America would be more like Canada or New Zealand today had the king and parliament recognized the colonists as equal British citizens.
But, despite Britain’s failure to respect American’s basic human rights, we are blessed to have our cultural lineage from the peoples of England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Because, it was from British Common Law and its people’s struggle for human rights and liberty (read about the Glorious Revolution) that much of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights were inspired or originated from.
We are a country that welcomes nationalities from all over the world to become a part of our unique melting pot. Though we may have citizens who originated from hundreds of cultures, it is their assimilation into the American society, customs, and laws that make them and all of us worthy to pursue life, liberty, property*, and happiness – the American Dream.
Our Founders understood the nature of imperfect men and women was to consolidate power and ultimately threaten the liberty of those who gave them the power in the first place, the People. A government for and by the People was so novel at our founding that most of the world expected the “America experiment” to be of limited duration. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 1800s and into the early 1900s that the idea of a republican form of government spread throughout Europe and the world.
The American Declaration of Independence and it’s Constitution enshrined the notion of separation of powers and individual liberty, which became the model for the world. It is these principles that are worth defending; because a nation without freedom and property rights, safe from confiscation, is a noble and righteous cause.
What do you think? I’m open to hearing from you!
* “Life, liberty, and property” was the original wording of the phrase we all recognize as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” However, it was edited out of the final Declaration of Independence so that the Southern Colonies would not see slaves as property unworthy of the declaration.
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