In the days following the Fourth of July, we have seen numerous attacks on the holiday, America and what each represents. With patriotism constantly under attack, continuing the fight for this great nation is a never-ending task. Making the case for America should be easy, it should be something obvious and apparent to all Americans but sadly, for some, that just isn’t the case.
From Hollywood to professional sports to politicians on the left and on down to everyday citizens, there has been a culture created that actively works against American ideals and what this country represents in hopes of turning the people against it. That is why it is so imperative for true patriots to stand up to this movement and remember what made this country the greatest the world has ever seen.
“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.”
Perhaps some of the most consequential words ever penned in the course of human history and which set off a chain reaction that not only shaped this country but the rest of the world around it. The foundation on which this country was built was one of a kind and something this world had never seen before or since. It was the result of individuals answering the call of the innate human desire to be free, truly free.
The founding of this country was one of the most pivotal moments in all of human history, for it was after this founding we would begin to show the world the meaning of freedom. Thousands of years leading up to this moment, most individuals only ever knew subjugation by someone more powerful, wealthy, or influential than them. The words of the declaration were just that, a declaration. A declaration that a brave few would put into motion events that would eventually bring about an end to the hierarchies of the past.
Our founding fathers, while far from perfect, were visionaries perhaps ahead of their time. Despite their imperfections, like partaking in the human atrocity of slavery, they were able to recognize the err in their ways and succeed in planting the seeds of this great nation. Many of them even acknowledged how unjust the act of slavery was, and were sure to write the Declaration of Independence as a promissory note to all future generations that this would be a country that would right its wrongs and afford freedom to all men and women who calls this place home.
Of course, it is important to acknowledge the sins of our fathers and the wrongs of the past but the prism in which we all view this country must not be shot through solely with the blemishes of our past. This country was and still is worth admiration for all the triumphant moments we share as Americans. Our culture is one individual rights, liberty and freedom, for all. This is not a piece to run cover for the darker side of our past but rather to shine a light on all that is worth being proud of.
From taking on the most powerful empire the world had seen, fighting a war amongst ourselves to free millions of enslaved individuals, to liberating an entire continent from utter destruction, this nation has always fought for freedom. We are a nation of fighters for what is right and just, that is the culture of the American spirit and the embodiment of who we are.
Founded on Judeo-Christian values, our nation quickly rose to become the freest nation in the world, and people from all different countries started to recognize it. Uprooting their lives and families to come to the land of opportunity and contributing to building this country into what it is today. This aspect of our country is to be celebrated, not shunned. We have embraced this part of our identity and are one of, if not the most diverse country in the world.
Despite what people might say today, this country wasn’t founded on racist ideologies, and our institutions were not built on a foundation of discrimination. In fact just the opposite, if this country were built on foundations such as what many on the left say they are built on then why would so many people want to come to this country, moreover, why would this country welcome them?
Yes, individuals can be hateful and racist but that is not unique to one country or another, that is a condition of the human heart, not what country one is from. In America, individuals are free to do just about anything they wish as long as they aren’t infringing on another person’s rights, life or property. People of all colors are free to get any education they choose, start any business they wish or pursue whatever goals set their heart on fire. In many nations around the world, this is sadly not the case.
You are free to say whatever is in your heart without fear of repercussions or retribution and whether or not we like the speech we hear it is better we not police individuals from saying it but rather hear those words so they can be championed or cast out. More speech is always the answer, not less.
More rights are always the answer, never less, and again these rights have not always been afforded to all Americans but we are a young nation and have always built a culture where individuals are able to peacefully fight for causes they see worth fighting for. Our nation is a better place for allowing it. Martin Luther King Jr. and others showed all of us that change can be brought about with peaceful words and resolute actions, rather than destruction and chaos over frustrations that our society is falling short.
The case for America is one worth making, time and time again, and as we move further away from this year’s Fourth of July celebration we must remember that it is always worth contemplating what is so amazing about this land. Ever since July 4th, 1776, there have been individuals that have been willing to die not just for freedom but also willing to lay down their life for their fellow Americans, that is powerful. This country has embodied a culture where we can all come together as brothers and sisters in the face of overwhelming adversity and prevail. We must continue to uphold this culture.
We must look back on our history and look for the ties that bind us rather than what separates us. That our founding principles are perfect, although imperfectly implemented. This has been true throughout our young nation’s history but sadly there is a growing coalition that is bent on tearing us apart. We must not allow them to succeed in their goals. We must look less for what divides us and more toward what unites us. For what Martin Luther King Jr. said is eternally true, “we must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.”