We Hold These Truths
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.
228 years ago today, our country was formed on these truths. "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
In 10 days time, the French will celebrate Bastille Day. Like America, France has three ideals from which its country was formed: Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité.
But there the similarities end. France promises equality. America promises opportunity. It's the difference between a capitalist society and a socialist one. One rewards success and punishes failure, while the other protects from both.
My fervent belief is that the continued promise of opportunity is what makes America great, while the promise of equality is what has plunged France, and much of the rest of Europe, into mediocrity.
But even today, there are those who would replace the land of opportunity with the land of equality. Don't let them. Vote and get others to vote with you (but only if you're voting Republican, otherwise, go do something else :-).
Posted by at July 4, 2004 10:32 AM
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|# March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM Converted_Comment|
Good and succinct post - thanks and it's one I'm going to save.
Hillary's statement was, politically, so blindingly stupid it sort of makes your head spin. That being said, it really does need to be kept in the spotlight even if she is not on the ticket.