'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.'
When the United States of America declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, the Biggest Brexit of All Time occurred. When those upstart American traitors decided to go it alone, the Empire was caught napping. Britain's expansive adventure, sending explorers to the new frontier, had suddenly rearranged the world order, not just for the immediate future, but for all time.
At least up until now.
Now, America is at a nexus: do we want to continue this experiment, the idea that free people, with the help of a core Judeo-Christian belief system, can successfully run a country, or do we want to go back to a large, top-down, secular style of government?
Will the Clinton-Sanders model of nanny-state controls, massive bureaucracies deciding who the winners and losers are, prevail? Or will this generation choose instead to put the future of our Liberty back in the hands of the voters who are engaged, employed, and serving their country?
For nearly a quarter of a century, as rough and tumble as it has been, there still is no better example of how a civilized group could organize itself in a way that starts with freedom and ends with freedom. But because it fosters a competitive atmosphere where there are clear winners and losers, some long for egalitarianism.
That is an inherent result of a free society. Protecting and promoting the Flame of Liberty, passing the baton on to our children, and working with and trying to bring along those with opposing views, is the lifelong burden of those that cherish freedom.
Please, America, make it your priority to continue the legacy of self government, voluntary participation in social order and the inherent value in the freedom of mankind. Without strong American leadership, the idea of Liberty will cease to exist.