that all men are created equal , that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among men, deriving just power from the consent of the governed.
These words rang in a new age of history. Civil rights were derived from natural rights. But the fathers of American Constitution and Independence were of course children of their time. It was a time without equal rights for women and slavery was an undisputed reality in those days. Nevertheless July 4 1776 was a great milestone on path to democracy and freedom.
And what`s about today ? Martin, a protagonist of my book `Gott aber schweigt` compares the global role the US are playing today with the role the British played 240 years ago. They were the biggest financial and military power of that time. but the were not able to keep control of all countries far away and on the long run they could not afford wars on other continents. Is he right ?
The military spending of the US exceeds that of China, Russia and all European countries together. How long will this be affordable ? And doesn`t the the world wide influence and military presence of the US perhaps suggest to many people in the Middle East and Africa, there`s a foreign nation that wants to govern them without their consent ? Many critical questions and I`m not sure about the answers.
And the US are a country, where Edwar Snowdon doesn`t expect a fair trial, because government seems to give national security and secrecy priorty to civil rights.
Nevertheless I am always optimist and nothing can change my hope, that the US will be able to uphold the torch of democracy and freedom. By the way whom else could I put my hope on? China ? Russia ? any islamic state ? Surely not !
But I will not conceal, I have problems to put my hope on most US politicians. Even more I trust the American people to accomplish the mission, America should stay the land of the free .
Happy Independence Day America