Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy 235th Birthday United States

The United States declared their freedom from England on July 4th two hundred and thirty five years ago, the foundation of our blessed country. My birthday is July 3rd and I like to celebrate watching fireworks and remembering the birth of America. The colonists were fed up with too many taxes, a lack of say in their government, cutting off trade with the rest of the world, and increased British military force taking away basic freedoms.

The declaration states, "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." Because the leaders of the thirteen colonies were educated they were acquainted with the philosopher, John Loche, who inspired the noble concept of equality.

After winning our freedom in a war which cost many lives our country was still struggling. The Articles of Confederation was the first plan of government but it did not give enough direction over the states and our country was suffering from financial problems. The people feared some states would have more power so they were competing among each other. There was little trade between the states or other nations.

In the summer of 1787, the leaders from all states met to discuss ways to solve the problems the colonies were having. After months of discussion in the heat of summer a great compromise arose to give a balance of power to the states. They decided to have elected officials from each state whether large or small to make up the Senate, so each state would have equal power. The House of Representatives made up elected officials based on population.

Remembering the great compromise is a reminder to Americans that we are a United States for the purpose of creating a more perfect union. If we only think about our own good our country will suffer. We need to think about the common good of each other so we can be strong and united.

Let's start buying more goods which say made in America. If we all made a conscious effort to purchase American products our economy would improve. Companies need to stop outsourcing jobs and give the opportunities to Americans who need a job.

We need to get away from our dependence on oil and gas to foreign countries. Let's use wind and solar power. On a recent trip to Germany and the Netherlands I saw solar and wind farms providing energy to the people. It seems there is always some group of people who do not want it in their backyard but we need to wake up and do something. We need to be united as a country for a common good. I don't understand why we are so behind in this area compared to other developed countries.

So as we watch the fireworks with our friends and families let's think, what can I do to help America remain strong? I will promise to vote in the next local election not just for major elections because only 9% showed up in the last one. Are we so busy in our lives that we do not see the importance of exercising our right to vote in a free election?

The leadership in our country needs to stop making decisions to help companies that do not support the common good for our country. We need to have a common goal of improving our economy in a global society. Instead of seeing fighting among groups of people for their own self interests, lets unite to make our country strong.

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