Today, the United States celebrates its two-hundred and forty-first birthday. On this day, a group of men signed a document called the Declaration of Independence. Their goal was to establish a new nation, a nation built upon the principle of liberty. Their complaints against their British rulers were many, but much of it boiled down to a complaint about taxation. The taxes on the colonies had become intolerable, a burden on the people. Worse, the colonies were denied representation in the British Parliament so they were left without a voice. Petitions to King George went unheard. So, the American colonists stood up to demand their traditional rights both as British subjects and as human beings “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The United States of America was born from this revolution. It would go on to become one of the most powerful civilizations in human history. While the American system of Capitalism is often criticized, and for good reason, the American system has produced hundreds of innovations. American inventions have transformed the world and made life more convenient for millions. It was American innovation that made the hearing aid, the defibrillator, the microwave oven, the light bulb, the car and the phone. It was the United States that used the free market system to its fullest potential in order to create a society in which each individual has the opportunity to flourish.
American healthcare is too expensive and suffers from monopolistic practices. That said, American healthcare is the best in the world. According to Business Insider, we have the highest rates of cancer survival, the best treatment of chronic diseases and the most advanced medical technology.
The United States has also traditionally stood against tyranny in all parts of the world. Particularly in the Second World War, the United States stood against the ghastly specters of Nazism, Fascism and Militarism. Americans spilled blood to liberate Europe from Hitler and Asia from Tojo. The United States has been a beacon of liberty and progress and, hopefully, will remain so for the foreseeable future.