“We celebrate the principles that are timeless, tenets first declared by men of property and wealth but which gave rise to what Lincoln called a new birth of freedom in America—civil rights and voting rights, workers’ rights and women’s rights, and the rights of every American,” he said. “And on this day that is uniquely American we are reminded that our Declaration, our example, made us a beacon to the world.”
No mention of the inalienable rights of the Declaration of Independence which we celebrate on Independence day: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Instead we get a list of made up interest group “rights”. And you can practically hear the unspoken word “white” in that first sentence.
And I find it very difficult to square the line from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, “—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” with the current narcissistic administration.