Recently someone argued that what we were experiencing with the current protests related to George Floyd’s murder, discrimination against people of color and the poor signaled the end of our democratic republic. They cited the old saw that no government has lasted more than a few hundred years.
I must remind them that there is a difference. Our democracy has always presented itself as dream based on ideals set forth in our founding documents. That we, as a people, have dedicated ourselves to achieve those ideals.
None of the previous societies/civilizations/governments were founded on these ideals. We suffer unrest because we have dedicated ourselves towards achieving those goals; not because we are failing, but because we are still trying.
We, and the founding fathers realized that we will probably never have a perfect union because times and societies change. That does not mean that we should give up the quest for “a more perfect union”. But rather, that we should continue that quest realizing that only in doing so will we survive as people and as a nation.