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Independence Day and Modern American Exceptionalism

July 4, 2013

With reverence, awe and a humbling view of history I sit to write on this day the 237th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence and the birth of the greatest nation to exist in all of the storied history of man.  A place in which I am most fortunate, blessed and grateful to live in today.

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America is exceptional; we have maintained a higher level of liberty for more people for longer than any other nation in history. No other state of men has seen the freedom, liberty, power, and prosperous growth that the United States has in its short existence. It is truly a unique and wonderful place, should the people of yesteryear hear stories of the might, power and luxury of America today it would be as stories of Camelot or Elysium.  And most of the good things found around the world are there or remain because of direct or indirect invention, innovation, discovery or military sacrifice by the American people.

It is the duty and privilege of every generation of Americans to be vigilant that the unique qualities of America do not disappear over the years. A responsibility the last few seem to have forgotten at least in part. And as a result we have indeed slipped away from what made us great, and the land of innovation and miraculous discovery and more towards the morass and darkness that has always gripped the rest of the world.

But that returns us to the initial idea, the main thing as it were. Are we exceptional today? I answer with an optimistic ‘Yes’. I believe the exceptionalism that created those before us has imbued into the blood of the American people a desire for true liberty as yet un-awakened within them.  The people in America today have behind them and around them constant reminders of the amazing abilities and accomplishments of Americans of old. We are their children and grandchildren, inheritors of this great and wonderful place. And we will rise to the occasion and in the spirit the liberty for which so much has been sacrificed we will peacefully and quickly return to our foundational principals that once made us the most wonderful nation in the world and take up that mantle of freedom and individual liberty once more.  Or we will slip swiftly beneath the waves of history and I fear the world will follow us into a time of darkness the like which has been unseen for a thousand years.

I leave you with the final paragraph of our first founding document, a blood oath and death pact amongst our Founding Fathers signed on this day in 1776 as they went to open rebellion and war with the most powerful nation in the world.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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