The United States was born as a bootstrapped republic, under a sign of unity and determination. The hope for free will, progress, and industry bound these independent colonies of reformers under a creed of enlightenment, and through it, they built a heritage of prosperity from almost nothing.
Colonists set foot in America seeking exile from the tyranny of the majority in Britain; they were idealists of all sorts, dissenters, and tradespeople yearning for economic and religious freedom as the weight of the monarchy bore down on the proletariat. Strangers in their own land, on an unknown path west, they knew they must hold on to a vision of greater freedom and strength as their new United States took shape. Inside of them, they were unknowingly kindling a new indwelling of spirit for generations to come.
Americans became used to a home-grown, DIY ethic. After all, here they were seeking refuge in a foreign land, on a prayer for Manifest Destiny.
American Progress, by John Gast illustrates the vision of Manifest Destiny that had colonists and pioneers driving westward across North America
The Articles of Confederation was established, allowing the sovereign will of the individual to prevail through the states' league of friendship. This was a loosely wound configuration of colonies that would represent a vision for American independence. Taking cues from Britain's expansive and powerful culture of colonialism and trade, the framers saw, at last, how it could be done differently. The world's most driven and independent community of people flocked to America, lifting the technical debt of the prevaling ideology, as if by exodus. We did not request our independence from the kingdom, we declared it.
America always was a bit of a skunkworks project, and people loved how George Washington carried this mark as a leader and unifier of the colonies. During the fight for independence, George Washington created America's first intelligence community, which was pivotal in the colonists' successful independence and fortification of their pop-up nation. The framers understood the importance of establishing a covenant that would allow for free exchange of ideas and information.
In America, you are whatever you mean to be, to understand, to own, or to create. This spirit of excellence and inclusion is what defines the American dream. This attitude has allowed us to excel as a nation in every way, putting America at the frontier of innovation and culture in the modern world. We take care of all people who mean to call themselves Americans, because we know we can't afford not to.
America remains a new dynasty. We didn't have thousands of years of philosophy, art, imperialism, and tradition to call our own, but we always knew these are things that we carry in our hearts. Early American philosophers worked quickly to fill our gaps in understanding and align American policy around ethics and ideals that we are proud of.
Now, many of us are businesspeople, and I hope we can continue to look upon business with optimism. Our young country is built on a heritage of free trade and opportunity, and we have shown that we can perform at a level that allows us to move mountains. A business is the opportunity to create for everyone around us, and under the right circumstances, this is everything Americans stand for. We must see the good in business, and do our part to be the good in business, allowing all people to find their place and prosperity in the world.
To the American eye, culture transcends the geography of the nation. American culture will always be an amalgamation of culture and heritage from around the world. We have a conflicted view of imperialism in America, although it is important that we understand what the existence of imperialism means for us in the world stage. We, as Americans, are not a singular view of how things should be, but a culture of progress and innovation for all who seek freedom.