I want to share some thoughts as we celebrate The Fourth of July in the United States.
“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”
Those are the words from the Declaration of Independence that represent the founding principles of the country. Everyone is created equal and endowed with these rights.
Not just people of wealth. Everyone.
Not just those of a certain race or national origin. Everyone.
Not only those who were born here. Everyone.
Not just people who have a particular religion. Everyone.
Not only the highly educated. Everyone.
Not just employers, managers or workers. Everyone.
Not only those who share our opinions. Everyone.
Not just those who agree with our political leaders. Everyone.
These ideas were later enumerated in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution and other laws. When we surrender these principles, we have all lost. Everyone.
Our elected leaders take an oath of office that requires their commitment to these principles, such as the wording from the oath of the President:
“and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
“To the best of my ability.” Not just part of the time, or when we feel like it, or when it benefits our position. Always.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said:
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
We seem to have lost sight of this in our society, our streets, our homes, and in our workplaces. Some want to point the finger of blame instead of looking for the root causes of the problems. This solves nothing and only widens the gaps. We owe our country and ourselves better.
Have a great Fourth of July.