Thinking America

The Declaration of Independence is arguably the single greatest, most brilliant document ever written in the civilized world. It is the anchor of American philosophy and compass for following those constructs that have built our nation: Fairness, justice, dignity. A glance at the Declaration’s mission can guide political discussion in a way that other blueprints cannot.

Ultimately, the Declaration was an explanation of why congress had voted on July 2, 1776, to declare independence from Great Britain, more than one year after the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Thomas Jefferson composed the document, then it was edited and adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

The words in the Declaration communicate a range of issues, from grievances against King George of Great Britain, to telling the world that the Revolution wasn’t a civil war between rebels and rulers. Perhaps most poignant about the Declaration rests in its premise, that Americans will treat the British people “…as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in Peace friends.” As America unfolded into the great nation it is today, the harmony between human beings has always been orchestrated by the ethos-driven words: 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.
It is impossible to banter fairly about Americanism, its issues, and her current state of affairs without pondering the notion of what fueled our nation’s independence: Liberty. Regardless of party loyalty, personal values, or ideological beliefs, liberty is that single common denominator, that single element of truth that rings in the hearts and souls of every American. The liberty bell is, in fact, the heartbeat of every American. Therefore, a quick glimpse of liberty is essential.

Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” is the iconic emblem for American democracy. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, Henry is regarded as the most influential champion of Republicanism and an enthusiastic supporter of the American Revolution. After the revolution, Henry was a leader of the anti-federalists in Virginia. He opposed the U.S. Constitution, fearing that it endangered the rights of the States as well as the freedoms of individuals. He helped gain the adoption of the Bill of Rights. However, by 1798, he supported President John Adams and the Federalists.
Authored by the Philadelphia Convention, the United Constitution is one of the most prolific and profound texts ever composed. Interpreted, supplemented, and implemented by a large body of constitutional law, this historical masterpiece spotlights the need to extend and incorporate those laws which inspire a dynamic nation. Constitutional lawyers and scholars have long turned to the United States Constitution as a blueprint to help them determine what is right and just, and as an intellectual design for wisdom in decision making.

Created on September 17, 1787, then ratified on June 21, 1788, the U.S. Constitution was originally comprised of seven articles that delineates the national framework of government. The first three articles establish the separation of powers, whereby the Federal Government is divided into three branches: Legislative (Congress), Executive (President), and Judicial (Supreme Court).

The Constitution has been amended 27 times since it became into force in 1789. Our Constitution was the first of its kind adopted by the people’s representatives for an expanding nation. Moreover, the U.S. Constitution has served as a positive influence for other nations desiring to operationalize the rights of its citizens.
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Where is America?

We are not speaking geography. Rather, we are speaking about its greatness. Or lack thereof? Do not get upset. America is great. This is the magnificent nation that gave birth to bravery and courage. This is the nation that will always serve as an icon for freedom incarnate. Our families came here looking for strength and solace. It is here where our ancestors garnered pride and determination and trust in their neighbors and freedom to pray and think and congregate. Unfortunately, some things have changed. And in order to fully understand the issues that face our nation it is essential that we do the proverbial reality check.

In 1952, the United States ranked number 3 in literacy. In 2016, it ranks 33. This means that 32 countries have populations which per capita are more literate than Americans. The Unites States ranks 115 in linguistic diversity, or the ability of its citizens to use several languages. The United States is ranked 44 in health care efficiency, 19 in national satisfaction-- -the safe word for contentment, and 14 in education. Frankly, most studies place education much lower. We are, however, first in prisoners. Sure we are a free nation, but so are another 149 nations, 87 of which are completely free.

Clearly we are not flawless. The problem is that we are becoming increasingly flawed by the day. Health, education, jobs, family are all institutions to be weighed and the methods by which decisions are made must be seriously deliberated. That is why we are here. This site is charged with promoting the kind of ideas that can get things done.