Our country is blessed to be set upon some of the greatest principles of humankind and those principles have often been set to pen.
The Declaration on Independence.
When in the Course of human events ......
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.
The constitution of the United States.
We the People.......
of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity....
The Gettysburg Address.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live........ that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Strong words, strong principles.
ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL
PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE
SECURE THE BLESSINGS
GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT
We are blessed to have a nation dedicated to such high principles. We are blessed by the many sacrifices by so many people to secure those principles. We are obligated by our history to uphold those principles.
We the people have an obligation to participate in our government of the people,by the people, for the people. We have an obligation to ensure that all men and women are treated as being created equal, with certain unalienable rights. We have an obligation to promote the general welfare.
Let us stop our complaining, let us work towards a nation that our forefathers envisioned, a nation of activists, involved in government, working towards the welfare of all it's citizens.
If we fail to do this, if we sit on the sidelines and do nothing but complain, then we leave our nation to a few, to special interests, to the elite.
Our forefathers placed their lives on the line because they lived under those conditions, let us honor them by being involved.
The struggle to form this nation, based on these principles, continues every day.