One wonders how our cultural conscience would be different had we called her “Mother of Exiles” instead of “Lady Liberty”.
an evil country
According to Google, America both is and is not
the best country in the world
the greatest country in the world
the land of opportunity
the new Rome
According to Google, America is not
a Christian nation
a free country
According to Google, America is the most
According to Google, America is an idea
According to our Founding Fathers, America is something else entirely. In the sweltering heat of a Philadelphia summer, delegates representing thirteen British colonies unanimously declared:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security
America is far from perfect, but she is my country, my homeland. And, despite my sport team preferences, I wouldn’t have it any other way.