TEN EXTRAORDINARY STEPS ON WHICH THE USA WAS BUILT
Following the Declaration of Independence you will find below the essential TEN steps on which the United States of America was built as nation founded on the principle of Democracy. It was a momentous time in the History of the world as many nations will be inspired to become a Democracy by following the American Principle described in the declaration of independence and the American Constitution.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, JULY 4, 1776
This sentence from the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence is one of the most intelligent ever written:
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.
The Declaration of Independence was a collaborative work of the delegates of the thirteen colonies. Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft and most of his elegant writing remains but John Adams and Benjamin Franklin made suggestions and many delegates introduced ideas that were incorporated or asked that some sentences be removed.
THE TREATY OF PARIS SIGNED ON SEPTEMBER 3, 1783 GAVE THE USA ITS FREEDOM.
After the defeat at Yorktown of the British army by the American Army led by General Washington with the help of the French Army led by Rochambeau and Lafayette on October 19, 1781 England recognized the United States of America as a FREE and Independent nation at the treaty of Paris.
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED SATES OF AMERICA, CREATED ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1787 AND RATIFIED ON JUNE 21, 1788
Below is one of the important sentences of the Preamble that describes the main goals of the Constitution.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
BILL OF RIGHTS CREATED ON SEPTEMBER 25, 1798 AND RATIFIED ON DECEMBER 15, 1792.
It includes among others theses Fundamental Rights:
Freedom of Speech, Separation of Church and State, Due Process of Law, Right to a Speedy and Public Trial.
THE BUILDING OF A MODERN AND PROSPEROUS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY ALEXANDER HAMILTON.
Alexander Hamilton is the father of the Power and of the Prosperity of the United States of America
Alexander Hamilton was horrified by the inability of the very young USA to raise money to finance its fight for survival. When he was Secretary of Treasury in 1789, 1790 and 1791, he created three instruments that made the USA a gigantic economic powerhouse. Without Alexander Hamilton the USA would have been a nation with a disastrous economic situation:
Against fierce opposition Alexander Hamilton created:
1)The first tax system that could generate steady revenue to financially support the needs of the new government.
2)The first program to buy back all individual I OWE YOU bonds the American soldiers fighting the revolutionary war had received and the first program to buy back all debts incurred by the individual States during the Revolutionary War. The buyback program and the consolidation of the debts into one large debt guaranteed by the USA made the credit of the USA good in the eyes of the entire world.
3)The First central bank that could regulate the flow of money and issue new money. Today it is called the Federal bank or the Fed
The combination of Alexander Hamilton's three programs helped make the USA the greatest economy that ever existed.
ONLY A GENIUS OF THE GREATEST MAGNITUDE COULD HAVE ENGINEERED PROGRAMS THAT ABSOLUTELY NOBODY IN THE WORLD HAD EVER ADDRESSED. EVEN TODAY IN 2012 ALL CONSERVATIVE EUROPEAN LEADERS AND IN THE USA ALL REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE INCAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING AND IMPLEMENTING PROGRAMS THAT ALEXANDER HAMILTON INVENTED MORE THAN 200 YEARS AGO.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE EMANCIPATION OF SLAVES
The Civil War (1861-1865) was about the emancipation of slaves and the Abolition of Slavery. Abraham Lincoln is without any doubt one of the most important founding fathers as he completely changed the moral and social fabric of the United States of America. After the passage of the 13th Amendment on December 6, 1865 any man living in the USA regardless of the color of his skin could expect and claim the right to equal treatment. Women had to wait until the 19th Amendment adopted on August 26, 1920 to expect equal rights.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)
Although it was Rosa Parks who ignited the spark of the quest for civil rights for the black community, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first person who dedicated most of his life to free Black American from a disguised form of slavery called the Black Codes and the Jim Crow laws. These codes were laws enacted to reinstate a different kind of slavery and distinction of rights based on skin color. These laws enacted from the 1860 onward created a lower class of people who had less rights than white citizens. By far this was one of the most shameful periods in American History, a time when Black Americans were kept separate and supposedly equal but ended up in third rate facilities. They were not only terrorized by white mobs but also targeted shot, hung, by the Ku Klux Klan, and beaten by police. Martin Luther King (was very instrumental in reshaping the moral and social fabric of the USA. Famous for his I have a dream speech: , he received the Nobel Peace Prize and was assassinated in 1968.par par LYNDON JOHNSON PASSING THE ANTI RACISM CIVIL RIGHTS PRESIDENT OF THE USA (1963-1969) Following in the steps of John Kennedy who advocated and pushed for the end of segregation and voting discrimination President Lyndon Johnson took up this enormous challenge and under his constant personal pressure Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This two pieces of legislation finally granted Black Americans the full rights as American citizens.par par WOMEN EQUAL RIGHTS Women had to wait until the 19th Amendment adopted on August 26, 1920 to expect equal rights. It had been a long struggle illuminated by strong personality such as Ida Wells who not only was fighting for women's rights but as a black woman was fighting for civil rights for black citizens. The women who demonstrated and were often wounded by male opponents were fighting for the right of women to vote and were nicknamed : "Suffragettes"par par WORLD WAR II In a sense World War II and the absolute victory of the USA against criminal dictatorship is a culminating point in American Democracy: The USA became the mighty savior who not only restored Freedom for many oppressed people but in addition restored the moral values of Democracy throughout most of the world. This incomparable exploit finds its origin in the USA when a group of wise individuals could not accept the injustice of being governed against their will.par par In Conclusion: The American Democracy has shown time and time again its value by evolving into a society where in theory but not yet fully in practice all citizens are equal and also by rescuing many people from oppression by dictators.par However Democracy needs constant attention and nurturing. Our founding fathers ( and you I hope) would be revolted by the Supreme court decision that Companies are citizens or that a group of people under the umbrella of a company can buy so much advertisement that they in fact can buy the election, It is so dishonest that it recreated the system of Kingdom and dictators where the most powerful in our case the entities with a lot of money can dictate which laws and governments can be imposed on the defenseless citizen of the USA.par In addition George Bush Junior established an religious office of Faith in the White House a direct insult to the First amendment.par My dear Democrats let's be vigilant and let's fight for the greatest Democracy in the world.par Meetup group: By Eric Lafayette July 4, 2012 par Main website: ------------------