The Documents That Bind Americans Together

Before the left began its determined assault on education in the 1960s, citizens in the United States were proud to be “Americans.” There was such a thing as an American culture and through freedom it bound citizens of this country together, even if imperfectly, regardless of their race, creed, or religion.

This culture rested largely on the ideals of Western civilization that had been passed down from generation to generation since America’s founding. But the stability gained from these ideals was lost as the left warred against the Founding Fathers and then, in the name of multiculturalism, splintered our once-unified nation into a thousand factions divided by race, creed, or religion.

In order to recover the American culture we’ve allowed radicals to attack and disperse, we are going to have to return to the Founders and the papers they left us over two centuries ago. And we must do this understanding that while government cannot save us, the great ideals on which the government of the United States rests can unite us and bind us together again.

President George Washington made this clear in his farewell address in 1796, when he spoke of the “unity of government which constitutes [us] one people.” He stressed that we were bound together as citizens “of a common country,” and that because our country united us in this fashion, it “has a right to … [our] affections.”

Washington literally loved his country because the country was foundational to the commonality he shared with his fellow citizens.

Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence teaches us these same lessons, but on an even deeper level by reminding us that we are all “created equal” and “endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Jefferson was convinced that such creation is foundational to the ideals of equality and the possession of natural rights on which the emerging American government would stand. He also believed the endowments “by [our] Creator” bound the colonists together in pursuit of the freedom to which the “laws of nature and of nature’s God [entitled] them.”