On the 4th of July I normally post the declaration of Independence but it hit me that given our divisions these days a better choice would be these lines from the 2nd verse of America the Beautiful which I think captures what we are and what we should be perfectly:
America! America! God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!
Why does this matter, think about it:
God mend thine every flaw. Says that while we rightly celebrate our country we acknowledge that we have flaws as all do and call on a power greater than us to allow them to be solved.
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Reminds us that self control for a country, like for a person strengthens one’s soul. The ability to act with calm deliberation when others are in panic is what a leader and a great nation and great people do.
Thy liberty in law! The sign of a free people is when not popular passion, wealth or power rule, but law. We are free when we are ruled by law and willing to be ruled by law, and when we don’t like said laws, we can work to elect those who will pass laws we do like while still obeying the laws in force.
Those lines are the secret of America’s greatness and we abandon them at our peril
Have a great 4th!