Our free­doms make us ex­cep­tional

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - CRAIG AN­DER­SON Salt Lake City

Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism is the unique liberty that we Amer­i­cans en­joy due to our phi­los­o­phy and sys­tem of gov­ern­ment. The Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence states that each of us has the same nat­u­ral rights, and these can­not be given or taken away by an­other per­son. Among those rights are the rights to life, liberty and prop­erty.

The Con­sti­tu­tion es­tab­lishes a limited form of fed­eral gov­ern­ment with three sep­a­rate and equal branches. Most power re­sides with the peo­ple and the states, not the na­tional gov­ern­ment. This means that the peo­ple are free to make most of the de­ci­sions nec­es­sary to carry on their lives.

Our sys­tem of rep­re­sen­ta­tive, demo­cratic gov­ern­ment — a repub­lic — specif­i­cally guar­an­tees in­di­vid­ual rights, and through var­i­ous safe­guards it seeks to pro­tect the in­di­vid­ual’s liberty from po­ten­tial tyranny or abuse by the gov­ern­ment. This sys­tem has en­abled Amer­ica to cre­ate and dis­perse more wealth to more peo­ple than any other na­tion in his­tory. That’s why Amer­ica has the high­est stan­dard of liv­ing in the world. Amer­i­can liberty and the re­sult­ing suc­cess is Amer­ica’s ex­cep­tion­al­ism.

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