In either 1620 or 1622, the year is not certain, the Pilgrims came to the New World to escape burdens so heavy they were no longer free to improve themselves and the world around them. Immigrants following came for the same reason.
After struggling to achieve the productivity necessary to survive. Adjustments to property/compensation agreements incorporating competition (reward for those who were more productive) inspired and compelled the increases securing the Pilgrim’s well-being.
Higher productivity increases the time to develop awareness for the needs of others and creates the abundance to meet them. Individual and property rights, secured through fair laws/agreements consistently applied and enforced with exceptions for hardship, are the essential ingredients for creating time and abundance. They guarantee productivity will be rewarded and protected, and secure the freedom to serve the Greater Good.
In 1776, approximately three-quarters of the Declaration of Independence listed evidence of burdens becoming too heavy again. Sense of duty to the Greater Good inspired and compelled its signers, and Colonists they represented, to fight and endure great sacrifice to secure individual and property rights. To reclaim their right to improve the Human Condition independent of a Crown.
The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Amendments are built on blood and loss of those who refused to betray the legacy of struggle, strength, and courage going back 8 + generations to the Pilgrims. This Foundation (Republic) secures intelligent risk driving sustainable growth creating abundance. This Foundation is our greatest strength as it unites us in our desire to improve the Human Condition. Out of many we serve the Greater Good as Americans.
Over this Holiday Season let us take some time to give thanks for the Foundation, securing our Right to Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. The Republic empowering each of us to satisfy our desire to improve ourselves and the world around us through good work.
Let us pray for common ground to solve the immigration crisis. A solution that does not erode the Foundation securing productivity, nor jeopardize the abundance necessary to care for and protect those who cannot care for and protect themselves.