by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy
What does it mean to be a nation?
The word “nation” comes from the root word for “birth.”
Compare the words natal, nascent, native and nativity; all relate to things being born.
A nation, therefore, is something that has come into existence - A Nation is Born.
The United States of America is unique in all of human history.
It is unique for many reasons, one of which is that, like a human, it has a birth certificate.
Our nation’s birth certificate is the Declaration of Independence.
Our character as a nation, imprinted on us at our birth, is embodied in the core principles, in the self-evident truths, stated in the Declaration of Independence.
These core principles include:
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
That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
That whenever any Form of government becomes destructive of these ends
it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it