Atoms have a 50% chance of decay within one of its half lives. As these half lives become more and more frequent, the atom stands less and less of a chance to remain cohesive. This natural pattern follows exponential decay, so one might expect all else to. However, man seems to fit himself outside of this paradigm: We function all too much like a sine wave. We decay but never fail to come back just as strong or stronger. How man acts remains an enigma, and this is certainly apparent in the construct we call politics...
July 4, 2076: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Address by President Liu of the United States of America
“Good evening, to those of you who stand here in front of me, and to those of you streaming this in your homes across America and the world.
We gather here this evening to celebrate a truly monumental occasion in American history: our nation's tricentennial. Few countries have survived completely intact for this long, fewer remain with the same governing document for nearly 290 years and still abide by the basic principles that Thomas Jefferson delineated in his Declaration of Independence, signed 300 years ago this day in Independence Hall that sits behind me.
I think you all know well the story of this building that lies behind me. From infancy to university, you all learned how this room contained the foundations of our country. Within its stern faded red bricks, John Hancock signed his famously gregarious signature. These windows, encased in elegant white woodwork, kept in the hot air of Constitutional Convention delegates during the famously hot Philadelphia summer so that the document’s secret would lay safe for time being. In front of this édifice, which stands tall and takes a barrage of visitors into its arms every single day to this day, has stood the test of time. It has weathered over 350 years since the first brick was laid in the fertile Pennsylvania soil in 1732.
We are a nation of resilience. This building's very being has been fundamentally altered three times: first an update in the 1830’s, restored to its 1776 roots in the 1950’s and finally saved from the wretches of time and malice in the 2030’s. The bell twice, too: first from simple use, sporting a crack in the middle, and second from an act of pure malice, which sports deep fractures. We do not pretend that these fluctuations represent merely the coincidental act of weather and time, but we do recognize that this stands as an édifice of the spirit of America. This country has weathered deep political and cultural divides, as well as foreign and domestic wars, that we have rebuilt ourselves from. From houses divided of the Democratic-Republicans and Federalists, Union and South, Democrats and Republicans, and challenges and devastation coming from America’s foreign wars, we have always rebuilt and come back as a stronger nation.
Standing here, we are reminded that we are a nation not so different from those who gathered here in 1776 to write our Declaration of Independence. We have grown from sporting a flag of 13 stars to a grand one of 53, and our Founding Fathers could hardly imagine the importance and influence America has grown to have over these 300 years. However, we still fight for those basic principles that the first 10 amendments to our Constitution embody, not to mention the others that brave and active Americans have added to extend voting rights to all 16 or over and ensure the equality of the law regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or genetic makeup. We also still make sure that those countries around this green Earth still provide a basic sense of humanity and liberty to each of its citizens.
In the Preamble of our Constitution, our founding Fathers stated that a purpose of our government was to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Posterity has deemed it imperative that not only the blessings of liberty maintain to be secured, but the blessings of others and the well being of those in this country are continually maintained. As a government, we have waivered on occasion in providing to ourselves, and those in need globally, but as a people, we have always maintained strength in our values and in goodwill towards every human being.
In our tricentennial, we celebrate our foundations and our past that we build on as propulsion into our future. We have made strides in eliminating nuclear weapons that plagued our world for the latter half of last century, and reminded us of their malicious presence over 40 years ago. We have helped aid the people of the former North Korea, the Congo, Sudan, China, and many more who faced grievous humanitarian offenses. We celebrate our strides, along with eliminating world presence of fusion energy and weapons, the discovery and widespread implementation of safe and powerful fission energy with the help of the UN and scientific colleagues around the world. Partly because of America, the world no longer acts like an atom undergoing nuclear fission, pushing its constituent components apart and spewing dangerous particles like a bomb that slowly went off. Now this world is much more akin to the fusion of molecules, with people of every nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and genetic makeup colliding together to produce something far greater and brighter than fission ever could have.
I know that America will continue to persevere to reach further in space as well as further into our own minds and hearts to help people across the street and the ocean. I have seen America transition from a bloated hyperpower to a force for the global good, and I want to continue to see our country work in synchronization with our brothers in all 7 continents.
As a final lead up to our fireworks display, American musical geniuses from Honolulu to Boston have been working together since the beginning of the decade to produce a musical masterpiece that commemorates this massive tricentennial celebration: Libertas Eternum, which is being performed by some of our best musicians from symphony orchestras across the country. These artists exemplify some of the truly great aspects of this nation, and I have fallen in love with this piece just as much as I know all my fellow Americans will.
Happy 4th of July America! May America and the rest of this sacred Earth and her inhabitants remain blessed!”