I am a globalist, a One-World-ist. I believe nations and borders are evil and dangerous and deplete the economic well being of people everywhere. Therefore, why does the 4th of July and the spirit behind it mean so much to me? Answer: Because the 4th of July is not about loyalty to a nation. It is about declaring independence from a repressive state or empire and forming “a more perfect union” “of the people, by the people and for the people”. And even though the words in quotes are from later dates, the spirit of equality and inalienable entitlement to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that was actually invoked on this date, are contained in them. To me, America is much less a place or a nation than an idea and an ideal which is better than who we can sometimes be yet matches who we can be if we at all times strive for self-improvement and for a more perfect union among ourselves. It is an ideal of universality. Jefferson clearly declares “All men…”, including woMEN, not only American born men, and further stresses this universality by declaring that we are all created equal and therefore that to violate that equality is to sin against the Creator Him/Her/Itself.
Further, he declares that that the entitlements to life (which can only be guaranteed by universal health care, availability of antioxidant healthy food and gun rights that are used only responsibly through strict laws and enforcement), liberty (which can only be maintained and affirmed by using it responsibly so as to affirm and protect all others’ liberty no matter who they are or what land they are from) and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable.
I believe America can only fulfill our mission as Americans when we enact into our Constitution these 3 inalienable rights as inviolable law and, further, when we expand our Constitution’s both rules and liberties to all peoples, when everywhere is that ideal land of America, not the America of today but the America envisioned in these founding words so many years ago yet which are so many light years ahead of the really bad attitude with which this country is being governed today.
And the Constitution’s preamble to “form a more perfect union” means to me that each day we all, both collectively and individually, must try harder to advance our lives as well ad the founding spirit of our democracy and let up in making ourselves “more perfect” and better united each day. It is to this that I pledge allegiance.