The following are segments of important writings that have either laid the foundation of America, or helped guide us along our path as a country. I post them so that we as a community we can discuss the importance of them in today's America, and where America will go in the future.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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."---Declaration of Independance July 4, 1776.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."---United States Constitution September 17, 1787.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."---1st Ammendment to the Constitution
"the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."---2nd Ammendment to the Constitution
"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and
dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."---Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
"Let every nation know... that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty...And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country"---John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."---Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech
Now obviously there are many more examples than presented here, but these are a few of the good ones. These pieces of history are without a doubt some of the most influential. So again I ask you, how are these examples shaping America today and how does the community here feel that these will shape the future as America evolves.