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article imageOp-Ed: A Canadian thanks the U.S. for its founding principles

By Andrew Moran     Jul 3, 2011 in World
Toronto - On July 4, more than 300 million Americans will celebrate the 235th birthday of the United States of America. In Canada, this one Canadian would like to thank the U.S. founding fathers for its principles of liberty and freedom.
I shall declare it now: The United States of America was the greatest nation on the planet and its founding principles are ones of integrity and intelligence and standards that I can be proud to defend and honour in my personal life.
Freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – although all three are hard to venture in this day and age – are strengths that the U.S. exhibited from its foundation. These guidelines are what made the U.S. great and made it the arbiter and beacon of hope and success, despite your race, creed, religion or sexual orientation.
The U.S. Constitution, to me, is the greatest document in the world and provides its citizens the necessary protections against the intrusiveness of government. The U.S. became the world leader in civil and economic liberties and allowed its citizens to do what they pleased so long as it didn’t infringe on another person’s rights.
On July 4, 1776, the greatest country was born and paved the way for other nations to recognize the beauty of freedom and inspired nations’ peoples to revolt against their tyrannical, Machiavellian and oppressive governments.
The U.S. has, indeed, lost its way and has accumulated trillions of dollars in debt, occupied foreign nations, become indebted to other countries, allowed big business to co-opt the government and violated its own constitution on numerous occasions. It may never recover and only time will tell.
Despite this, my southern neighbour had the philosophy correct at its beginning and many will resort back to that philosophy at its end. Of course, no nation will ever follow the Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington or Andrew Jackson philosophies again, but these men made the U.S. great.
From Canada and a liberty-loving individual, thank you for being the greatest nation and happy birthday.
“Freedom brings us together, it doesn’t divide us.” - 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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