WHAT AND WHO ARE WE
The United States is unique in the world as a country, which did not come into existence based on a native ethnic population, but one for which immigration, is the principle defining reason for existence.
People came from all over the world seeking a better life creating a MELTING POT dedicated to a shared dream. The United States has a population, which represents almost as many racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds as there are members of the United Nations.
America was founded primarily by Europeans escaping a variety of depredations, persecution, starvation as well as having a yearning for the promise of greater personal fulfillment. America represented a dream a life richer, more meaningful, less constricted by oppressive religion, tradition and customs. It drew people who wanted to define for them a better life. They wanted Freedom-Liberty.
Liberty is the freedom to define yourself by what you can accomplish the freedom to see your children inherit the motivation which compelled you to uproot and come to a distant land, removed from all you knew, ready and anxious to become something new -something which instilled confidence, enthusiasm, and hope.
”All men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The early Americans created the Foundation of Principles, which defined the new country. The only requirement was loyalty to those principles outlined in the Constitution of the United States of America. It was the single absolute, the necessary commitment that immigrants had to make.
The Constitution established the principles of individual liberty, which protected citizens from a coercive Government. As most of the Founding Fathers came from what we now call the Judeo-Christian tradition, it was instrumental in defining morality and responsibility for the diverse collection of people who were to become citizens of the United States.
As the country grew, new influences and tolerances widened accepting diverse customs and ideas helping to keep the country invigorated. But the stable, unassailable beacon of the Constitution remained, which all who came, embraced.