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Doctoral Project Abstract

Rediscovering America's Principles and Reclaiming Her Identity
Leading the Way to Restoring This Great Nation

Paul A. Dumais

America is an exceptional nation, founded on the principles contained in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and empowered by their Creator with certain fundamental rights, which among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and that to secure these rights governments are instituted and derive their powers from the consent of the governed. No other nation has been founded upon such principles. This identity has solidified the America people over times, who are mostly immigrants from all over the world, into one great nation. Today, America finds herself far from these ideals and, as a result, is losing her place of influence in the world and losing her place as the land of opportunity. America needs to reclaim her identity as found in the Declaration of Independence and implemented via the Constitution. Only through this will the American people rise up to tackle the significant issues facing this nation, such as a $16 trillion deficit, welfare running rampant, public education failing and the destruction of societys most basic unit, the family. Reclaiming this nation will require hard work and sacrificial leadership. The good news is that America has a strong principled foundation already in place and that most America people recognize that the current direction is not right. In order to become once again a nation of diverse people leading the world in innovation, freedom and compassion, America needs to revive its core purpose and core values which were discovered at the founding of this great nation.

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