Founding Fathers

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. -- I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."
These are words that were written by John Adams to his wife, Abigail on the 3rd of July 1776.
Now more than ever, I feel that we need leaders like our founding fathers.  I'm not talking about white men in powdered wigs who didn't bathe often.  I'm talking about people who are passionate and devoted to what these men laid forth.  I'm talking about human beings who are committed to service to this country and ALL of its people; not for profit, but because it is what is called for.
We should honor our forefathers not because they were perfect; they were quite plainly not.  They fought amongst themselves.  They often disliked each other.  But they were committed to a cause. They served even though their service came at great cost; not just to them, but to their families.  They believed in something unique:  The United States of America.
WE need to believe in the same.  We need to BE passionate, devoted and selfless leaders who will serve for all citizens of this country.  If we cannot be that kind of leader, as it is not a calling for everyone, then we MUST find and support those who are.  It doesn't matter what sex they are or what the color of their skin is.  It doesn't matter how old or what party they are a member of.  What matters is that we find or be the kind of people that our founding fathers were; committed servants of the people and for the country.
Such people DO exist.  Perhaps you are one of them.  If you are, then I say thank you for your service and do not be deterred by anyone or anything on your path.  If you know one, show your appreciation and support.  Encourage them; for a life of service is not (and should not) be an easy one.
America was born a great nation because of the principles on which it was founded:  "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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness"
They are not just words; they are our foundation.  We all need to work, by either being or supporting, leaders that will keep that foundation firm; not just for today, but for the years, decades and centuries to come.


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