As I celebrated Independence Day with my family over the weekend, I took time to reflect on the powerful and beautiful notions that our nation embodies. The United States is truly exceptional, not only economically and culturally; we are exceptional in a deeply, moral and philosophically unique worldview.
Our founding fathers revolutionized the world by recognizing an abstract truth: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” This was, and still is, a radical idea for the mind to comprehend. It sets America apart from every other nation. Throughout human history, most people had been “subjects”, living their lives for their rulers. The American idea flips that proposition upside down. We are citizens, not subjects, and the government exists by our allowance, to protect our liberty.
In no other country is government power so purposefully fractured that it gives political dissenters a fighting chance against the mob majority. Liberty is sacred, treasured, to be protected from “the harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression”, in the words of Abraham Lincoln. The concepts of Liberty and the American Dream live on, even in today’s complex, brutal economic and political environment. No government central planner can tell you that your priorities are wrong or that your freedom is an impediment to its vision. The American Dream is not just achieving financial security, its living life in America, knowing that your natural rights are protected and respected. Enjoy and celebrate Liberty. It’s the reason you can establish an estate planning War Chest in the first place.