This is a question that must be answered with grace and poise because the answer would be a resounding No! When America was started, it was supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave—this didn’t exactly happen that way. When the authors of the Declaration of Independence wrote “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”; however, it was anything but that– because women and people of color were treated inferior. It took many years and the abolishment of slavery and persistence in allowing the elimination of women’s suffrage to make any overall strides in having people become more equal.
Additionally, our founding fathers were against war. James Madison, the fourth president of the United States made a statement that said, “no nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” Looking back at history, seemingly the U.S. has been at war much more than needed and we have one of the largest army’s in the world. Listening to people such as my friend, that is a Vietnam veteran, talking about the senseless war in Vietnam and how it was not even needed. Did we as Americans put ourselves in conflicts that we did not even need to be in? This is such a frustrating question to get answered. The following are the words from the American Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Have we really insured tranquility? Have we promoted the general welfare of our people? Are we as Americans really living up to our founders’ vision for this country? I should say not. Many Americans are below the poverty line. Some of our politicians are being given money for their campaigns from companies that want to influence our country and these politicians– later in their careers. The influence may not be a good influence. This isn’t tranquility.
Lastly, we must ask ourselves, “how can we as Americans get back on track with what our founder’s envisioned? One of the ways it to rebuild our confidence in government. So many people, seem not to trust the government. We seem to go from crisis to crisis. Possibly, we can focus on eliminating much of the poverty; bridging the gap with other cultures and races; reinforcing the value of providing quality education for all of our children; putting together a tax system that allows for economic growth and our posterity; allowing young people to have a greater voice on what is happening and giving ideas on how to resolve some of the crises that are happening in the United States. This – is how I think our founders envisioned America.