I love being reminded of the genesis of the United States. As the Founding Fathers were wrestling with generating an enduring constitution, James Madison said: We are in the wilderness without a single step to guide us.
What an extraordinary outcome they created! And it is up to each of us to keep this grand experiment alive. Listen to the farsighted words of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln:
The United States came into existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.
From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia…could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we will live forever or die by suicide.
America was created out of the minds of our Founding Fathers with a heart vision never witnessed before. It’s up to every citizen to see to its continuance. Enjoy your July 4th everyone!