As I look back over my life, I am left to wonder how it was that I was lucky enough to be born an American citizen.
Even though I am often accused of being too verbose, in preparing to write this piece on immigration I was challenged to find the right words to express what is so obvious. I just could not come up with the right sentences, the right phrases to explain why it is that millions of people willingly risk everything just for a chance to come here.
But I did not have to re-create an explanation, it was written two centuries ago. Thirty-five words written by an 18th century patriot, as true today as then, illuminate it all,
“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.”
I need say no more, these carefully chosen words need no further explanation. They are the key to why America is looked to as the great shining light. They are the reason people risk all to get here.
They are the definition of American freedom, the freedom that has made us the most prosperous republic in the history of the mankind.
Remember these words the next time you hear socialists trying to destroy freedom in order to replace it with centralized planning. Remember them when in order to gain power Democrats seek to destroy freedom by employing identity politics and racial divisiveness.
Most importantly, remember them when you think of your family and friends and just imagine what their lives would have been if they had not lived in a nation where freedom from oppressive government is revered above all else.
Though the solution may not be so, the immigration crisis has a simple explanation. Thirty-five words tell us all we need to know why millions of people flee their birthplace in an effort, legally or otherwise, to join in our freedom every year.
Yes, I was lucky. I could have been born at a time or in a place where American freedom did not exist. But I was not and I will be damned if I will let any malcontents or power-hungry political party take the freedom as expressed in these thirty-five words away from my family.