Beloved Republic and mankind’s greatest experiement in allowing ordinary people to demonstrate the true length and breadth of their personal potential, in short order you proved the Founders correct in their optimism.
Yet at the same time, as fighting breaks out over the Constitutionality of the debt ceiling, federal bailout after federal bailout and the individual mandate of Obamacare, with career politicians fattened on the tax payments of those ordinary people leading the charge to discard that precious document as being somehow “naive” or “out of touch”, our Pantywaist In Chief prefers to indulge in his predilection for golf and the race card and proves the Founders correct in their greatest fears.
In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson wisely admonished that America must “…pursue our own Federal and Republican principles, our attachment to union and representative government. Kindly separated by nature and a wide ocean from the exterminating havoc of one quarter of the globe; too high-minded to endure the degradations of the others; possessing a chosen country, with room enough for our descendants to the thousandth and thousandth generation; entertaining a due sense of our equal right to the use of our own faculties, to the acquisitions of our own industry, to honor and confidence from our fellow-citizens, resulting not from birth, but from our actions and their sense of them; enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man; acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter–with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow-citizens–a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”
How far we’ve come since Jefferson felt the need to lay out such clear warning. There is no need to lay out the ever-lengthening laundry list of crimes against those once self-evident truths that have been perpetuated on a daily basis over the last 3/4 of a century by tragic, frightened little souls who harbor no goal but that of replacing King George. The question we now face on this, the 235th birthday of the most powerful nation in the history of this world, is do enough of us remember the great gift we were given and are we strong enough wrest it back again?
If I have one wish for America today, it is that the answer is yes.
God bless America.