Today is our country’s 239th birthday….
This country began with 13 colonies, a declaration of freedom, and a promise to create a government which supports our most basic human rights. History has proven this journey can be not only brutal, but contradictory to the ideals instilled in the backbone of this great nation. Don’t get me wrong here—I am extremely proud and grateful to be a citizen of this country—but looking back, there is so much I wish could have been handled differently. The past week (whether you like it or not) was a triumphant example of the insurmountable will of the American people, and a spirit that refuses to give up on the dream promised in The Declaration of Independence.
“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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it...”
As a country, we must make it our daily practice to remind ourselves of these RIGHTS. That being free came at a deadly cost, and protecting it means banding together even (AND ESPECIALLY) when we disagree. Whenever I start to doubt my faith in the strength of our collective voice, I bring myself back to the basics on which this country was founded, and pray that we can all learn to respect and honor the sacrifice it took to get here.
My fellow Americans, please don’t let our differences as individuals define (or divide) us—in the end we all want the same things.
LIFE. LOVE. LIBERTY. HAPPINESS. PEACE.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!!