Independence Day seems a fitting time to take stock of how we’re doing as a nation.
It’s hard not to wonder what would have happened if the cast of characters we have sent to Washington to lead us today had been present in Philadelphia in July of 1776.
They would still be arguing about which truths were self-evident, whether the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness included abortion rights or gay marriage rights, and whether the 27 enumerated charges against the King of England should be expanded to include his failure to provide universal health care.
We may not be suffering today the “injuries and usurpations” of an “absolute tyranny,” although there are some people who feel that way, but we are enduring an era of reckless political gridlock where preserving the ideological purity of the left and right has taken precedence over the public good.
I don’t know about you, but what’s going on in Washington and in Sacramento seems un-American to me.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed about nearly everything. Even when they did agree on something like “all men are created equal,” they reserved the right to argue later about what they meant by that phrase.