On Thursday, Americans celebrated a very special Thanksgiving. Because 9-11 has shown all of us how special America is.
We used to take so many things for granted in this wonderful country of ours. Sept. 11 changed all of that.
We used to take for granted “little” things such as our freedom to openly proclaim our belief in God, to criticize the government, to live wherever we can afford to live, to improve our lives and the lives of our family and to be free from official corruption and abuse. After learning about the horror of Afghanistan, America looks much better, doesn’t it?
Before 9-11, we focused on our challenges and problems. Surprisingly enough, our incurable need to keep improving things is one of America’s secrets. The people of this country, I am happy to say, will never be satisfied with the status quo. Because of that, America will continue to improve.
Let me be clear: America is not and never will be perfect. Some of our politicians and citizens defile everything that is special about this country. Far too often, we forget that God put each of us here on purpose. We forget that none of us was an “accident.” We become callous and insensitive.
The good news is that America is a perpetual work-in-process. Her heart and soul can be found in one of the most extraordinary documents ever written by men – The Declaration of Independence.
We don’t typically think of the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving in the same breath, but we should. Because our Declaration of Independence is the secular bedrock of all that gives us hope and sustenance.
That is why today I again publicly declare my thanks to God for bringing me to life as an American.
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.
Until they wrote these words in 1776, no country had ever been founded on such radical ideas. Think of it – that God is the most powerful. That God, not the king, gives all rights and power to every one of us. That God guarantees all of us equality, unalienable rights and liberty. Those words were a brilliant laser that cut through the darkness of tyranny.
These are more than just words from our Declaration of Independence. They embody what America really is. They color everything that we do, every thought that we think.
Millions of immigrants, legal and illegal, flood our shores because they know that these words are real. They know that you and I will fight as our ancestors fought, to keep this dream alive for everyone. They know that America is a shining beacon of hope in a dark sea of misery. They know this much better than most Americans, because they don’t live here.
Oh my friends, you cannot understand the power of the words “we hold these truths to be self evident” until you go to a county where the government holds itself above God and the people. You cannot understand your good fortune to be an American on this Thanksgiving week until you travel to a country where the “state” controls everything. Be thankful that you are in this wonderful country – warts, blemishes and all. Be very thankful.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Do you know how powerful these words are? Every one of us believes them. We may hate the fact that the “the government” or our political opponents are violating our rights. However, we know in our soul that they are our rights, that our rights are unalienable.
No other country has such a loud reaffirmation of the fact that all power comes from the people. No other country has a people who truly believe that they own the government. No other country has the type of freedom that we take for granted in America.
Every commentary that you read in WND reflects our absolute knowledge that governments exist only so long as we believe that they are just. We may get terribly angry at elected officials, but we know in our hearts that if necessary, we, the people, have the absolute right to replace each politician with people of our choice. In fact, we don’t just believe this, the Declaration shouts this out in no uncertain terms.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
This type of talk would get you arrested in most parts of the world. I have been in countries where if I said “the president’s shoes are dusty,” the secret police would have taken me to prison and tortured me. I kid you not.
In America, these are not just words of a declaration. They are our compact with our government. These words are the bedrock of everything that is America. These powerful words fuel our passion for freedom from government oppression. These words fuel the investigation into Waco, the IRS and all of the other governmental abuses of our day. If these words weren’t so real to all of us, I shudder to think what America would quickly become.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
In every part of the world, our system of government, our economic miracle, our way of life is a beacon to those who yearn for freedom. They know that these words are real; America is the result of their utterance. So they risk life, limb and wealth to come to our shores, legally or not, to taste the fruits of a country that is unlike anything the world has ever seen. Oh, be thankful that you are an American, my friends, be very thankful.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Listen to the words – “New guards for their future security.” Isn’t that a powerful thought? Other countries have political revolutions or military coups. However, all they do is switch one set of power-hungry leaders for another.
How many countries, founded in revolution, have grown like America? How many “revolutionary” leaders have immediately submitted to the power of the people? How many countries take their founding documents as seriously as we do? If you have any doubt that our system works, you have forgotten the contentious, but peaceful, exchange of power of our last presidential election.
In fact, no other country has a living document like our declaration. Oh, some of them have “constitutions” filled with wonderful words, but those words are not part of the mother’s milk of their people. Those words are not part of the living fiber of the lives of their citizens. They are just words.
No other country has a people who believe in the very fiber of their beings that these words are as real today as they were in 1776. No other country has as much to be thankful for than America.
So on this, the first Thanksgiving week since 9-11, be thankful – be very thankful that God blessed you by putting you in this great country … warts, politicians and all.
Because the best is yet to come.