04 July 2015

July 4: Framework for Liberty...

On this July 4, we can reflect.  In 1776, a courageous man named Thomas Jefferson would never know how the United States would endure.  239 years later, the United States of America is a historical example that the entire world studies.  This Republic, has certainly changed since the design was created by the "Founding Fathers".

As this Independence day unfolds across America, our Operational Risk Management (ORM) professionals are on watch.  They are celebrating in spirit and yet also worried, behind the facade of all the weekends festivities.  Why are so many across the globe in fear of the United States?  What are their motivations, for attacking our people and systems; what are they afraid of?

The fabric and infrastructure of our country is more diverse than ever.  The rule of law that governs all citizens are still capable of change, through a documented and proven process.  Change is attainable and civility is alive and well.  The power base of government is held in check, by systems designed to give the people a voice.  The United States is a complex invention that the papers written and agreed upon by Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Franklin and 56 delegates, still remain true to the mission.

When you think about the entire design of the system today in your hometown USA parade; look around.  What do you see and hear?  People of all religions and ethnic backgrounds expressing their ability to assemble and show their signs of affiliation.  Playing their own favorite music.  Celebrating their particular favorite American freedom.  Some by the original nations design and others by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Surrounding all of the expression of these freedoms are those who are on 24/7 watch.  These First Responders are waiting for your call.  Some in uniform and others in the shadows.  Perhaps it is your Mother or Father with Atrial Fibrillation, that may need an EMT in a moments notice.  Perhaps it is a need for assistance when an armed bandit robs your retail establishment.  Perhaps it is your tip or information, that intervenes with those evil-minded people who would attack our churches, public events or even the growing digital infrastructure.

You see, this ecosystem of people operating across America, in pursuit of their own dreams and their daily needs is what many across the world are unable to experience.  Many do not truly understand it, until they have had the chance to experience its feeling for real; to comprehend the emotions of people who are expressing their rights and their liberty.  The United States of America and other nations who are blueprints for democracy, know the vision and understand why it is worth defending at all costs.
 "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."

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