Today, on our great Nation's 242nd birthday, I find it apt to pay homage to the first sentence of the Declaration which gave us our independence.
"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
As they say, this is where it all started. America's founding is a story rhymed with grief, sacrifice, and genuine necessity on its own. But the Declaration of Independence is the result of that toil. It is the embodiment of our will and the establishment of our mission. Independent thought, free from tyranny, free from the monarchy's meddling in our affairs.
Rhetoric of the First Line:
This broad statement, penned in secret by Thomas Jefferson, provides the framework for what will be a resound, resolved message. It's a very logical argument. It provides not only the reason for the action, but also the reason for the document's pinning itself: listing the causes--the "whys" of the ordeal. One could argue that it even has a hint of nobility to it.
Our legacy, our path:
When the explorers from Europe and Asia discovered the ‘New World,’ I doubt they foresaw what would eventually become of it. This plenteous and sprawling chunk of earth has since become the place we have come to call home: The United States of America. John Smith's account of the New World provides visions for what a country might look like on the land, but by no means defines the philosophies upon which it would operate.
It has been a long journey, one filled with many hardships: scandal, war, death, divisiveness, greed, and terror. This country is filled with malignant, cruel and narcissistic people at every corner. But by the same sentiment, there are also humble, kind and inspiring people at every other corner.
We will never be perfect. But we have to end this toxic divisiveness. Politics is beginning to creep into social lives, ruin friendships, create hatred, and halt progress. It has to stop. If you and a friend have a difference in political opinion, so what? That's healthy. Agree to disagree. Move on. We must stop the value spectrum from inhibiting our social lives.
Regardless of anyone's political agenda, though we must come together today to celebrate our nation--our flag--our way of life--our very freedom. All of us are patriots. Embrace it. I don't care if you're a pro-communism liberal or a gun-wielding conservative, today is the day to say Happy Birthday to this country.
That's my piece. Intense, it may be, but appropriately so. Happy 4th!