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“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” ― Milton Friedman

The American Spirit

on May 21, 2008

Recently I mentioned at Ordinary Guy’s blog the comment that the American Spirit seems to becoming unrecognizable, but I am rethinking what the American Spirit is. We call it “American” because as the first great democracy, we were the first nation that provided for its citizens the framework to achieve their own happiness because of our freedoms. It is the human spirit within all men and women to have their own dreams, their own ideals, their own goals. However, because our Constitution gives us the rights so that we can pursue them like no other nation before us did, the human spirit has become synonynous with the American Spirit.

Nothing can kill the spirit within us, no person or government can change our inner desires. They can prevent us from trying to fulfill them, but they cannot stop our thoughts. Because America is free for the individual to thrive, however, our nation became great, and many have come here from all over the world or want to become citizens. The chance to not only have dreams but to be able to pursue them is not afforded to many in our world, so it comes as no surprise that so many do wish to become U.S. citizens.

Why then did I think we are losing sight of the American spirit? Perhaps it is because we take our freedoms for granted. Perhaps too many of us have become accustomed to the entitlement ideas. When we don’t look to ourselves as the means to our own happiness, then we taking the gift of freedom and throwing it away. This is what I feel is happening, because too many are focused on what the government can do to address every last concern in our lives. Before we know it, we give the power of fulfilling our dream to someone else, and guess what, their dreams may not match yours.

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