We’ve often offered a short post on July 4th Eve (July 3—the anniversary of the third, decisive day of the Battles of Gettysburg and the long Siege of Vicksburg) in honor of our nation’s birthday. We do so with the respect for good, patriotic, well-intended liberators and rebels everywhere.

Here at Praxis Circle we lean into the concept of worldview from a Classical Judo-Christian (CJC) perspective. We tend to be (but not exclusively, by any means) “faith, family, and flag” people. We see nothing wrong with Christian nationalism or liberalism itself, properly understood and practiced.

Quite the contrary, that’s what we try to do.

America is the most important country in the world making possible the things we believe in, and we are the main source of support, defense, and protection of our natural, national, and, we believe, global values worldwide.

As much as anyone who ever paid the ultimate price, Abraham Lincoln knew we were the last best hope on earth. Nothing has changed since 1865 concerning that observation, yet we face a growing crisis that increasingly equates to the troubled times of 1776 and 1861. Human beings tend to challenge civilization at regular intervals.

With this background, I would like to offer the video above to you from Dennis Praeger and PragerU entitled “The American Trinity” (AT). They are: (1) E Pluribus Unum, (2) Liberty, (3) In God We Trust. As Mr. Prager says, he invented the term AT but did not invent the concept. The presentation also offers a discussion of the relationship between liberty and equality in traditional American thinking. American values today are not totally in synch with dominant Continental European values (if such a thing exists).

I believe Dennis and his AT go long way to summarizing what America is all about. It is one of those videos that just makes one happy as an American citizen to watch around July 4. All American citizens share this great heritage; never perfect but almost always intending to advance the good of humanity.

While the video is straightforwardly true, it’s also nuanced and insightful without being academic—this is one of Mr. Prager’s strengths as a leader showing us a way forward. As he says, when you hear the word equality, think equality of opportunity or under the law. Beyond that, it might be helpful when imagining radical Left thinking about equality to substitute the phrase “equality of result” or the word “sameness” (of being). This is how the French Revolution’s leaders and today’s radical Left sees equality.

As we know, God, nature, and human beings do not do and do not desire sameness of result or being.

Rather, result equality and being sameness are often the consequence of human injustice, intolerance, and grotesque tyranny—though there are many very important exceptions.

Yes, the application of principle is often nuanced, meaning that wise application and judgement is often necessary from citizens and the representatives they elect. We thank God that we are beings formed in the image of God with consciousness and the virtue of wisdom or prudence and a belief in truth to strive for. Our truly amazing Founders in 1776 understood this well. They were constantly discussing it. CJC and virtue were walking around knowledge in America and the West at the time. We can and must revive ancient, commonsensical wisdom here in the coming years.

While this nation has changed dramatically for the good since 1776, nothing has changed about God, human nature, and the fundamental values most Americans hold dear. Not surprising since truth does not change.

Another rendering of the AT as discovered in Western thinking with perhaps a more directly Christian spin might be this: (1) in the God of the Bible we trust, (2) from many we are one, as in St. Paul’s the body of Christ, and (3) liberty but according to the positive freedom offered via the virtues or transcendentals revealed over millennia in CJC history.

Again, the AT summarize timeless truths discovered well before 1776 that our Founders brought front of mind to America and placed in writing.

As you approach our 250th national anniversary now just two years away, we hope you will make these three values, the American Trinity, a priority as you go about the duties of citizenship (such as voting). While America has not shown so well in recent years (and we are never perfect—in fact, always very far from it), we still have a duty to the world to try our best to get it right.

So, there’s no time like the present; God’s glory days are now.

Good luck and smooth sailing for the rest of the year, and Very Happy 248th Birthday to us, “We the People,” now and still somehow the United States of America.