By WAEL EL-MANZALAWY
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The second theme, codified in Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, arose from Enlightenment France. Rather than that of Christian commonwealth, it posited the ideal of individual freedom. Jefferson dreamed of establishing an “empire for liberty,” whose government would protect each individual’s God-given freedom of conscience. Both visions had religious dimensions—call them divine order and sacred liberty. Cast in terms of the nation’s motto, E pluribus unum (“Out of many, one”), the unum, or divine order, people believed that, to uphold “one nation under God,” the secular and sacred realms must rest on a single foundation.
The real reason is this: many liberals have relinquished the very symbols that speak most persuasively to the American heart. To make matters worse, they ceded these symbols to those who have their finger on its pulse but cannot feel its noble beat. Listen to the American Creed as it rings in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s words: “The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple. Our nation has placed its destiny in the hands and hearts of its millions of free men and women, and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God.
But also for herself. As those women know who have given themselves away without return, to love your neighbor as yourself can be a cruel adage. As with many women, any superficial description of my mother makes her sound like someone else’s property. The daughter of a governor. S. senator. This is wildly misleading. ” She certainly would have understood and rallied to Julia Ward Howe’s vision of Mother’s Day. My mother even saved me from the bomb. It was 1958. Fire drills in elementary school had been temporarily replaced by nuclearattack drills.