Not to pile on the reading for the weekend just passed, but I just stumbled across this very brief President's Independence Day message and thought it worth sharing and discussing. I think it is a nicely written greeting and I believe our President is justly proud of this nation and its heritage. I also believe he respects the founders as a "courageous group of patriots [who] pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the proposition that all of us were created equal." What stands out to me though is this little morsel that I believe speaks volumes about what motivates this man:
"As long as some Americans still must struggle, none of us can be fully content. And as America comes ever closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed, that triumph -- that pride -- belongs to all of us."
On its surface, it is an honorable objective. But the founders never intended that Americans would not struggle, even fail miserably. What they intended is that Americans would be minimally fettered by a government as they struggled to achieve wealth, private property, livelihoods, start families and pursue happiness. For those who believe this man is some form of incarnate evil, I don't ascribe to that. I believe he is a man who firmly believes that what he is doing is taking this country to a new level of greatness. And, in my experience, when a man or woman is so motivated, he or she is hard to stop. In this business of politics, it all hinges on having the most votes. We better find a way to appeal to those we currently lack. Libertarians, Hispanics, Jewish Americans and even Christian blacks have more in common, I believe, with the GoP platforms and principles than the Dems but we continue to send the message, sometimes intentionally, that they are not welcome here. That's going to have to change to turn this well-intentioned, powerfully-charismatic leader away from the course upon which he is currently sprinting...while dragging us along kicking and screaming.