I recently read a book called “Still the Best Hope” by Dennis Prager. He brought out an interesting observation he called ‘The American Trinity.’ Three unique values have set America as a leader in our world. No other society or nation has identified these values as its core values. You can see each of these values on EVERY monetary coin and bill: Liberty, E Pluribus Unum, and In God We Trust.
Liberty is the essence of the American idea. The United States was the world’s first free country and most inspired other countries to be free. It is the country that has been free the longest. It is the country that has most spread freedom to other countries.
This is why France built the Statue of Liberty as a gift to the American people. More people from more countries have immigrated to America in order to be fre than to the rest of the world’s countries put together.
President John F. Kennedy famously expressed this belief in his inaugural address: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or il, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
E Pluibus Unum – From Many One
This is the motto of America. It is unique No other nation is made out of as ‘many’ as America is. In virtually every society in history, the national or group identity was correlated with its ethnic or race identies. No other nation calls itself a ‘nation of immigrants’ as Americans.
The credo ‘Diversity is our strength’ sounds true and admirable. But it is not what made America strong. Much of America’s strength does lie in its diverse origins, but America’s unique strength is in the ability to unify the diversity. That can only be done by celebrating the individual and the nation those individuals form, America.
It is important to recognize and appreciate the diverse origins that have and continue to make up the people and culture of America. But those origins, nations, and cultures must unify into one goal – making America great.
In God We Trust
The founders of America understood that flawed man needs God to make a moral society. And, in particular, a free society needs God. Only a powerful state can ensure a decent society without God.
What the founders did regarding God and liberty was unique and brilliant. They substituted God for a strong state and tied liberty to God.
Freedom by itself in a society of sinful people will degenerate into selfishness and anarchy. But religion nurtures the true purpose of freedom and holds it in balance. When God and religion are removed from a free society, there is no place to go but down.
What do you think makes America great?