This is a day on which we should all hopefully pause and give thanks for the country we live in, that most of us by the bravest of chances were born in, when we could have been born in any number of other locales around the world and in very different circumstances. We were born in a rich country, in a largely free country. We were truly fortunate. But for future generations to make the same claim requires vigilance to keep our country free and wealthy and providing an ever-increasing quality of life. There is no automatic assurance that this will be. And powerful forces inside and outside our country strive to bring us down. Many of our young people have been indoctrinated all through their educational process to believe this is a bad nation–a racist country, an oppressive country. This tragic upbringing could be quickly reversed by a few weeks lived in most other countries.
So today say a prayer of thanks that you were born and/or live in the United States. Say a prayer for the perseverance of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which are the foundation of the free and prosperous life you are privileged to lead. And say a prayer that those benighted souls trying their best to destroy what we so love, fail, utterly and completely.
And never forget the enthralling words of the Declaration of Independence, the bedrock of humanity everywhere:
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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –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.