The United States of America has done the impossible. Our country is mighty, not just because of military power, but because of the heart and soul and strength of her people.
The United States were born out of a desire for freedom, self governance, respect and justice for all. We, as a nation, decided that we had enough of impersonal rule from a power that did not respect us as a nation, even as a colony. We determined that we should have the freedom to do as we thought right, not as someone else in another culture, with other rules determines.
We wrote a governing document that has withstood over 200 years of trial and is the basis for fundamental freedoms the world over. Every country in world has thought of The United States as a place of freedom and a land of opportunity.
For almost 200 years, the United States has stood against colonialism, military takeovers of other countries, and democracy the world over. We have become the best of friends with the worst enemies. We have stood by the countries that supported freedom, and we have made enemies of those that would not.
We, as a nation of individuals, have worked together to defeat the worst that this world has ever offered. We did the impossible, preventing two global, totalitarian regimes from controlling more of this world than any colonial power. We stood with our allies, and though saddened by the horrors of the world we created, we cheered at the end of a war that left few places untouched.
We stood against oppressive regimes the world over. Places were people were little more than highly advanced and trainable insects. Sometimes, we have to be goaded into action, but when we go, we go.
Sometimes, we don’t make the right decision. No country or person in the real world is perfect. We haven’t always done what we needed to do. And sometimes, through no fault of our own great things occur.
The spirit of our people is amazing. In just a few short years, the United States went from basic rocketry to putting a man on the moon.
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. —President John F. Kennedy at Rice Stadium on Sept 12 1962
Then we effectively walked away from space and never really looked back.
Ladies and gentlemen, my readers. Today is the day of birth for our nation. The ideas, the force behind it, have been around for thousands of years. The concepts of freedom, of justice, of self governance.
The United States codified those concepts and added something powerful, the notion of human decency. We weren’t a nation with a thousand-year history. We couldn’t trace the roots of our government, our kings, back for thousands of years. We has literally nothing to start with.
The United States is a grand experiment in human governance.
It is failing.
I wish I could stand back and say, this nation is wonderful. For the most part, the people in this country are decent, hard-working, intelligent individuals. They are the reason our country exists. We wish that everyone was like them… but many aren’t.
And we can’t effectively deal with modern concepts of the internet, intellectual property, freedom, and religion, when our society is changing at an unimaginable pace. How can 200-year-old law effectively govern copyright law for software?
Fortunately, our government has the built-in ability to change. Unfortunately, no one trusts the politicians who run our government.
Used to, politicians, even if you disagreed with them, you could say that you trusted them. That you felt they were at least standing up for the right things. Now, you can no longer say that. There are some, I’m sure and, of course, you never hear about them because that’s not news.
But it truly seems that the majority of our leaders, care not for the Constitution, but for their own power. Their own power to decide what everyone else in this country should feel, think, and do.
What right is it of government to tell any person whom they may love? What right is it of government to give our money, that we pay in taxes to companies that are already making a huge profit? What right is it of government to tell us how we should worship?
Yet, that is what the people in our government are trying to do. While masking their own hypocrisy.
But ladies and gentlemen, these people are not the United States of America. We are.
These people may be our leaders, but they will never be our rulers. We are.
It is with pride that I announce that I am an American and it with a sense of shame that I hide when that announcement brings with it a storm of political controversy.
The world is not what it was. We, as a nation and individuals, have had more than a little to do with that. The United States is not what it once was.
We are still mighty, in the same way that the Roman Empire was mighty… right up until it collapsed due to political machinations and strife among citizens and regions.
I am proud to live here and proud to raise my child here. I am scared for our future. I do not wish to look at my grandchildren and tell them stories of The United States of America and it’s fall.
So, celebrate today. But work towards our future for the other 364 days of the year. It is your right , you privilege, and your duty to do so.