The great promise of America is the self-evident truth that we are all created equal with inalienable rights. The founders of our country believed that these core principles are essential to the flourishing of the human spirit and the establishment of a stable, prosperous society. Each generation has defined its own version of the American Promise, but the underlying principles of Freedom and Opportunity have endured.
The American experiment promised that a country built on these principles would enable all to transcend the circumstances of their birth, with the promise that their children would have the opportunity to “do better” than they did. Our ancestors toiled and sacrificed, innovated and inspired, fought and died – all to preserve and protect the idea of America for themselves and their posterity.
It is, however, incumbent upon each generation to ensure that the American Promise is protected. For the first time in our history, the majority of American parents do not think their kids will be better off than they are. The circumstances of a person’s birth are becoming more and more determinant of their destiny. All the while, the country appears hopelessly polarized; swinging from one extreme to the other having lost the sense of unity, collective purpose and pride of knowing we are in fact the guiding light of the world.