2. The United States’ Declaration of Independence is unique
America indeed is an exceptional nation, but not just because of what it has achieved or accomplished. America is exceptional because it was founded on one of the most unique and revolutionary documents in human history, the Declaration of Independence. America is fundamentally dedicated to the principles of human liberty, grounded on the immortal words:
“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.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
It was because of these principles that the American Revolution culminated in a constitutional government that has long endured rather than ending in tyranny.