What makes America great isn’t that it was, has, or ever will be perfect.
What makes America great is that the ideals on which the nation was founded still command us to right what’s wrong, to struggle to live up to our ideals, that all men are created equal, that we are endowed by our creator with the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
What makes America great is that despite our imperfections we are still struggling towards the perfection of these ideals. Even though we may disagree with each other on how best to live by those ideals and how best to govern ourselves, there isn’t any real disagreement as to what those ideals are. There is no disagreement that our ideals are good, and true, and beautiful.
Perfection isn’t what makes America great. What makes America great is the fact that we continue to try to perfect ourselves against our ideals. This struggle is long and arduous. But we progress, sometimes too slowly, but mostly in the right direction.
That the Revolution continues unabated after 240 years is what makes America great.
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