The Unity of Independence

What unifies a nation? It’s been said that the United States of America is a melting pot. It’s also been said the USA is more like a salad. Whether fondue or salad, E PLURIBUS UNUM! Many ingredients, each with their individual flavor, join in unity – out of many, one! Our shared culture unifies us. If we lose our shared American culture, we fall apart. 

Look around you as people gather to celebrate Independence Day. Together we fly our flag, wear red, white and blue and thank God for our freedom. Parades fill main streets across the land. We ooh and aah at fiery bursts of fireworks in the night sky. This is American tradition and culture on display; it’s E PLURIBUS UNUM. Unity.

Our traditions include baseball, apple pie, Thanksgiving, Memorial and Veteran’s Days…giving and receiving Valentines, Santa Claus at Christmas, costumes on Halloween. The long-standing centrality of moral standards based on Biblical precepts. Individualism, yet pulling our weight on a team. We’re entrepreneurs, inventors, hard workers, helpful and generous. We embrace equal opportunity – each of us is capable of achieving. 

Are we more like fondue, or more like salad? What matters is that we triumph in unity – as individuals, yet together. Fondue, salad, pizza, burrito, gyro…this is America…a tradition of choice, a tradition of liberty, a triumph of individuals from many ethnicities, races and nations working together for 245 YEARS in unity!

Good Lord forgive us our wrongs, and also help us see what’s been right in America for a long, long time – let’s continue to triumph in this tradition: 

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 – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. 

-Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

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