We hold these truth for self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
These words marked a milestone on the way to freedom and democracy. The Declaration of Independence was a turning point in world history, from a rule of the few, who thought it were their birthright to govern others to civil rights and democracy for all.
But freedom and democracy don`t suddenly appear and they are there, but it`s a continuing process of development. The fathers of the Declaration of Independent and the American Constitution lived in a time, when slavery was taken as normal. I don`t think that it`s wise to blame them for this from a point of view 240 years later. But we should recognize that a continuing development is demanded and normal. The history of the United States leads from Georges Washington to Abraham Lincoln to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
Today every person in the US has the same Civil Rights, at least formally. And is it reality? If you are in court? if you are looking for an apartment? if you are stopped by the police? Studies say that an overwhelming majority of black people feel that`s a difference in such cases if you are black or white.
In 1776 the win running of freedom and democracy in world began. But if you look around, we are far from a victory of democracy all over world. And look to the US, and you see a country that seems to be controlled more by business than by idealism, a country that has all kinds of problems with poverty, guns and prejudices.
But nevertheless looking back 240 years I feel the Americans can be proud of their country. I trust the American people. That doesn`t mean I always trust Washington. But I believe the Land of the Brave, the Land of the Free can still be a hope for this world.
Happy Independence Day America.