“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.” – U.S Declaration of Independence
Words that were penned by famous revolutionaries, but unlike many revolutionaries from their age and of the age to come. Their words were meant not to sow the seeds of destruction and anarchy, or the dissolution of society. Their words meant to breed sustainability. Their words were meant to uphold society, and most of all, they were meant to improve it not by giving rights to those that govern, but to those that vote-in those that govern.
Once held in the eyes of the 18th century world as a grand politico-social experiment, the American experiment has proven to be a success.
A success that knows no bounds on where to stop succeeding. One that knows no line on where to stop rising. And one that knows no boundary on when to stop learning and growing.
When our country declared independence on that worrisome day, the founding fathers knew what they were in for. They were in for taking on the superpower of their day. One that controlled all the roads, one that controlled most of the world, and one that controlled all the sea-lanes.
To put it bluntly, they were facing off against the America of their day. Power-wise, not freedom-wise.
And after the American Revolutionary War was won. They would have never known just how long the American Revolution would last.
America’s legacy in the world is one of patriotic sacrifice. One of unimaginable creativity. Time-Skipping Innovation. And the gift of never-ending prosperity to its allies and the community of nations.
From America came the creative framework of Federalism. A system of government, a system of governments to be more precise. All of which were designed to be forced to work in unison to meet the needs of the people in their cities, states, and federal levels. All of which are infused with capitalism, where people can own property, buy and sell goods, and accumulate wealth via the virtue of their personal responsibility.
From America came time-lasting innovation. From the innovation of a new government to the evolution of the sciences. Through the prosperity of America and from a constitution that allows freedom of thought, came inventions such as the light-bulb, electricity, the oil-boom, gasoline, the repeater-gun, the mass steel-oil-finance system, the improvement of the automobile, nuclear fusion, the computer, the I-phone, the internet and so on. The inventions are seemingly endless.
And never-ending prosperity. Lest we forget that the U.S for the past 29 years has been the worlds global hegemony. The Last World Superpower. The Global Policeman. Because of the hundreds and thousands of sacrifices that U.S Soldiers have given to the lives of the citizens of Europe, the Middle East, and South-East Asia and thanks to the supremacy of the U.S Navy, the nations of the world have grown at such a vast rate economically to which not even the industrial revolution can compare. For the world, the last three decades have been the most peaceful and economically prosperous years in all of world history thanks to the assurance of U.S Global Security.
This isn’t to say the U.S doesn’t have its mistakes. Nations are like people, some people are good, some are bad. But all grow and go through journey’s of growth throughout their lives. Because the U.S is run by humans, like every other nation, it will be flawed and will make mistakes in its journey through its own life. But if you want to sum up the beauty of American history, it is one of personal, or shall I say national growth.
American history is the awe-striking journey of a people who lived up to many of their ideals but not all. And yet throughout the span of 229 years America’s journey has been one where it has not only attempted to chase after its own ideals, but has succeeded at every step of the way at improving itself to embody those ideals.
I love my country.
I love America.
The Most Improving, The Most Innovating, The Most Sacrificial.
The Greatest Country. Dare I say, the Greatest Country in the World.
And the good news, The Best of America is yet to come.