We begin, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,” and we end, “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Our founding fathers were men, much like the men of today. They wrestled in thought and speech with men of knowledge and men of ignorance as they sought to establish a foundation for America that would stand the test of time in both practicum and vision. While the majority of men pursued this honor with pure motivations, some did not. Thankfully, the soundness of reason that helped bring all voices into one, indivisible moment of decision was heard. And out of personal sacrifice, not the least of which were countless sleepless nights carrying on debates within themselves to conquer smallness of thought, powerful agreements emerged in 1776.
Our founding fathers created the executive branch because they knew America would need one person to lead its people. They created the legislative branch knowing America would need laws to help its people flourish. And in creating the judicial branch, they knew that both boundary and wisdom and even penalty would be essential for addressing disputes among people.
The distractions that challenge America’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches today seem the greatest they have ever been, yet they are the same distractions that our founding fathers had to conquer. It is their form that differs. Members of every branch of government have the potential to sit silently and let competing thoughts subside, and in so doing to renew their spirit of service to America and allow that renewal to bridge divides and unite them. It isn’t an instant process nor should it be; but, it is a worthy process that ignites respectfulness, returns focus to the branch of government each person has chosen to serve, and brings honor to all.
A grateful American,