Regardless of the various faults we too frequently layer upon its design, the American Representative Constitutional Democracy is a thing of beauty. It’s ability to return to the Consenting Governed the possibility of a promise fulfilled is, in itself, a near perpetual promise-kept and one which must never be taken lightly; one which too few Nations afford their People.
The World watches the U.S. and once again stands still with amazement at how, despite our feeble appearance of shrewdness, we still manage to reveal to the world what may possibly be our single greatest attribute as a nation. Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian from the mid-1800’s, stated it best by way of the following two comments:
“The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.”
“The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”
You must know, either of these two conditions could not possibly exist without the other. The promise, as I see it, of Trump is that he represents the willingness of a people “to repair her faults” and the promise that ultimately “the quality of functions performed by private citizens” of this remarkable country will continue to call upon each other to express the possibility of a promise fulfilled which is none other than the promise we must keep for one another.
What is, you might ask, the “promise-kept”? The answer is best expressed by the following:
“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.”
A promise fulfilled can only occur when the promising ideal of this statement is relentlessly pursued. From yesterday’s results, you’ve been witness to the promise of this pursuit continuing.
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” -Benjamin Franklin
Curtis C. Greco, Founder