behind that they question whether or not theycan catch up with German engineering,Japanese production and the competitive edgeof the Chinese. Fear of the unknown - or eventhe known - has never been the American way.
Despite the insistence on aseparation of church and state, America wasfounded by men of faith who invoked a Creatorwhen declaring the independence of thecolonies, beginning with the assertion thatpeople are endowed by their Creator withcertain unalienable rights and concluding byinvoking a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence Clearly, then, the principleof having a direct and close connection, andresponsibility to the creation of a higher being isnot a hard association to make. They invokedthe highest power by appealing to theSupreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions when they declared theseunited colonies are, and of right ought to befree and independent states.Certainly those who made their primary livingoff the land like George Washington, ThomasJefferson and many others, understood andrespected the importance of caring for theenvironment. George Washington took pains toplant native trees some of which still livetoday on his Mount Vernon estate. Despitethe seemingly endless munificence of the newcontinent, he also experimented with the use of living hedges, or dense thorny shrubs, to keepanimals from destroying plants as a way toconserve timber.
Anticipating and meeting futuredemands. The ingenuity of the founding fathersis evident in the creation a bicameral legislaturethe great compromise that reflected theduality of states and individuals rights torepresentative government, the creation of three branches of government with their checksand balances to ensure that the presidentwould never become a king.
Hard work and Determination
and morethan a little assistance by the Native Americans brought the Pilgrims through their first,horrific winter on the North American shore.Determination, more than skill, brought soldiersthrough the frozen nights in Valley Forge andkept the Star Spangled Banner aloft over FortMcHenry. Thomas Paine declared We have it inour power to begin the world over again. Andchange the world America set out to do, anddid. Determination and hard work drove thewestern expansion over the towering RockyMountains to the golden shores of California.Determination and hard work were therunning theme in the popular books of HoratioAlger, whos fiction offered the formula of pluck, luck and determination to millions of young readers.
Both of Americas most fundamentalfoundational documents the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution reflect anunderstanding of the power of diversity andincluding multiple perspectives. The Declarationis headed In Congress meaning that thedocument reflected the combined wisdom,passion, ideas and perspectives of a group of people. The Constitution begins with thepowerful phrase We the people of the UnitedStates deriving its basis from the combinedwill of the people within the country. ThomasJefferson, in his writings about the role of representative government stated All, too, willbear in mind this sacred principle, that thoughthe will of the majority is in all cases to prevail,that will to be rightful must be reasonable; thatthe minority possess their equal rights, whichequal law must protect, and to violate would be