When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were issuing a promise: that all are guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Today, we can but stare at the shattered remains of that promise lying at our feet.
We were promised peace, to be free of senseless foreign entanglements. We were assured liberty, that we might go about our short lives without restriction, so long as we visited no harm upon our fellow man. We were given the opportunity to seek our own prosperity, to build something we could call our own without owing part of it to another.
Now where are we? In an endless cycle of wars, each new one having less to do with our well-being than the last. In an era where the next generation has no hope for a future, all while a bloated central government sucks more and more lifeblood from a once-great nation with each passing day. All the while, said government treats the very citizens it exists to protect with hostility and suspicion.
Is this where our great experiment in liberty ends? Has the American Dream finally run its course? Judging from our current state of affairs, it’s over.
Well guess what? It’s not over. This is just the beginning. We still have a dream.
We have a dream that one day our young men will no longer go to fight in old men’s wars, financed by the poor, only to come home to no future. We have a dream that nonviolent citizens will be able to live at peace without their safety and liberty coming under threat by officers of the law. We have a dream of a time when all free and voluntary exchange between parties may take place without harassment and threats. In short, we have a dream of liberty, when we can finally learn to deal with our fellow man voluntarily, without threats of violence and coercion.
And this dream we dream not only for the United States, but for the whole world. The American Dream was but a prelude, a glimmer of hope for a select few of what a free world might look like. Now, it’s time to think bigger. To surge on ahead. To embrace the Human Dream. For as sure as the sun continues to emerge from on the horizon and disappear behind it each day, as sure as we as a species have become weary of misery, liberty is rising. And one day soon we will all lay claim to its blessings.
This will be the day when humanity, from every last dark corner of this Earth, will be able to join in a great chorus, “Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.”
Miguel Duque is a political analyst and contributor to The Desert Lynx. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx.