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Never Forget : Maintaining the Miracle that is America




July reminds us of our historic foundation and national core values.  In fact, the promise of our future is our ability as a nation to remember and live by these principles.  We live in the greatest nation in the world.  But will we remain the greatest?  It is much easier to attain greatness than to sustain it.

As Seymour Martin Lipset points out, “The United States was the first major colony successfully to revolt against colonial rule. In this sense, it was the first ‘new nation.'”  

And why did our forefathers take such a serious risk, something no other group of people had successfully done?  Here’s the opening statement of the Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

The next section of the Declaration of Independence clearly states the philosophy of independence:

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…

1)    We are entitled to live by the Laws of Nature and God

2)    A decent respect for our fellow man

3)    All people are created equal

4)    Everyone has certain God-given rights: Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness

5)    Governments are to only secure those rights for the people they serve

It was these principles that our forefathers felt were violated living under the rule of Great Britain.  These principles led us through the war for independence that we celebrate every July 4th; and, led by Abraham Lincoln through the bloody Civil War. Even at Pearl Harbor, these principles guided us to victory.  Do they continue to guide us today? Do we:

1)    Live by the Laws of Nature and God?

2)    Show decent respect for mankind?

3)    Recognize that all people are created equal?

4)    Believe God has given us rights? And

5)    Does our Government exist to secure our God-given rights?

The greatest risk facing our independence is not a housing bubble, or a stock market crash, or an insurance crisis, or the bankruptcy of Social Security, or soaring gas prices, or even another war.  It is our lack of wisdom as it relates to the importance of embracing the true historical principles of our nation.  Concentrating on all these peripheral issues distracts us. We are more obsessed with the value of money than the values that create freedom.  We have not kept the main thing the main thing.  Our forefathers did; review their closing statement to the Declaration of Independence:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

How many of us would be willing to pursue something with the protection of divine Providence and mutually pledge with someone else to risk their life, their fortune, and their honor?

In order to preserve independence for generations to come, we must respect, rather than redefine and abuse the precious commodity of FREEDOM.  However you celebrate July 4th, remember it is Independence Day in a country whose citizens continue to become more dependent on a government that is supposed to secure our God-given rights, not provide them.  Never has “In God, We Trust” been more important to live by.  Our forefathers knew it was the only sure thing, the only guaranteed return on investment.

Jeff Piersall is founder and CEO of SCB Marketing, inspiring, motivating and connecting entrepreneurs, business leaders and communities through its four business journals, numerous specialty publications, marketing services and speaking engagements. He’s a former award-winning college basketball coach. His new book with co-author Eric Wright, Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars: Your GPS in an Era of Hyper-Change (Morgan James Publishing, Jan. 2, 2018), is a motivational guide for success in a continually changing business environment that transcends generations and professions. Learn more at