229 years ago, a group of influential colonists made the risky decision of breaking from mother England. Practical circumstances, sound leadership, the grit of the common people, and the help of the French allowed the revolution to stand.
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Since then, our nation has been made great by a liberal openness to innovation, a strong sense of industry, a free press, an active democracy, and, perhaps above all, by a spirit of cooperation between peoples of greatly varying cultures, creeds, and even values.
This land has also been blessed by many great thinkers and leaders. In our early years, we had the brilliant Jefferson. In The Civil War, we had the wise Lincoln. Scientists like Einstein, writers like Hemingway, musicians like Jim Morrison, architects like Wright, all benefited from and benefited our nation.
We certainly have a great past. But where are we today?! We have an electorate which is too lazy to educate themselves or intelligently consider the issues. We have an economy devoted to sustaining the lavish dis-order of modern American life. We have an educational system that puts a premium on conformity and technical knowledge and a substantial tax on any kind of free-thinking. We have a crimminal justice system good for little but figuring out how much money the accused has, with a curtsy to their skin color. We have a military that has become a conservative political institution.
Our real leadership is a corporate aristocracy with a fine-tuned machine for brain-washing the public: from TV to Time Magazine to university lecture halls to the cop cars crawling our streets.
In many ways, our very success has been our down-fall. The material wealth generated by our ancestor's resourcefulness, work ethic, and embrace of free thought has become an un-healthy national obsession. We've treated "1 homo sapien, 1 vote" like a golden idol, keeping it on its pedestal long after it served the interests of true democracy: free speech, tolerance for minority view-points, upward mobility for the talented and studious, the preservation of our natural resources, etc.
We are not at a cross-roads: We took a wrong turn back around 2000, when we elected an illiterate war-monger to our presidency over an environmentally aware public servant. However, from our universities to our farms and factories to our churches and mosques, we are still a nation of great potential.
This is a call to all those real Americans, young and old, of all races and all faiths, to those whose blood still cries for freedom. We must rise up and put this great nation back on course toward her destiny... our destiny and the destiny of our children.