We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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. This declaration marked 1776 a milestone in human history. It was the first declaration of natural human rights. The phrase has since been considered a hallmark statement in democratic constitutions and similar human rights instruments, many of which have adopted the phrase or variants thereof.
The contradiction between the claim that „all men are created equal“ and the existence of American slavery, attracted comment when the Declaration of Independence was first published. Before final approval, Congress, having made a few alterations to some of the wording, also deleted nearly a fourth of the draft, including a passage criticizing the slave trade. This contradiction runs through the entire history of the United States, on the one hand torchbearer of freedom and equality for the whole world, on the other hand problems to implement these high principles of equality and human rights in the reality of the own country.
There have always been political contrasts and tough debates in the US. That is normal in a democracy. But I feel that in recent years there has been such a profound political division as hardly ever after the civil war in the 19th century. Certainly America`s greatness and true genius lies in its diversity. Many ethnicities and the contest of opinions have helped make the US a great nation. This great nation must not fall apart into different tribes and hostile political camps. The United States is a resilient country. Certainly not in recent history will that description be put more to the test. But as Winston Churchill supposedly once said of his mother’s native country, the United States always does the right thing, after it has exhausted all the other possibilities.
America I think you have not only a great past but a significant future. Today’s world, whose problems can only be solved through international cooperation, needs a strong United States of America. Happy Independence Day