Articolo tratto da Wahstington Times del 6 ottobre 2016
“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.”
This powerful expression of freedom was written in recognition that we are accountable to God and that rights are given to man from God, not by government — that no temporal power can exercise authority over the individual’s conscience or aspirations.
It was a daring declaration when you consider that the United States of America was at the time a fragile, upstart nation emerging into a world of scarcity and hunger, where millions were subjugated to the scourge of slavery worldwide, and almost all humankind lived under appallingly inhuman, statist oppression.
While the bold American experiment was tempered by a bloody civil war that almost ripped the young nation asunder, we have since triumphed over the fascist and statist powers that pulled America into two world wars. Through it all, our free market economic system resulted in an unprecedented scale of innovation in products and services that altered the lives of mankind, produced wealth no other society had ever experienced and made us the strongest nation in world history.
When we look across the arc of our nation’s history, we see that Americans are capable of achieving amazing things when they are free and empowered to do so. I know this as a proud son of parents who worked hard, sacrificed and risked their savings in a small business. With nothing but fourth-grade educations, they were able to successfully achieve their own American dream. Yet for far too many, government policies, no matter how well intentioned, have