We remember Wendell Willkie as the one who lost the presidency to President Roosevelt in 1940. But Willkie’s “An American’s Creed” is worth noting for the Fourth of July:
“I believe in America because in it we are free—free to choose our government, to speak our minds, to observe our different religions;
Because we are generous with our freedom—we share our rights with those who disagree with us;
Because we hate no people and covet no people’s land;
Because we are blessed with a natural and varied abundance;
Because we set no limit to a man’s achievement: in mine, factory, field, or service in business or the arts, an able man, regardless of class or creed, can realize his ambition;
Because we have great dreams—and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” —Wendell Willkie.