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The great seal of the Unites States contains a phrase – “E Pluribus Unum,” “out of many, one.” Out of a nation filled with many different people of many different backgrounds comes one government that is elected “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
This is an ideal that has been intertwined with the very soul of our nation since July 4, 1776: we have the God-given right to self-governance. It was a radical idea, a hope, that our founders risked “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” to actualize.
I will continue to tell South Dakota’s story because it has become a story of hope to the country – just as America is a story of hope to the world. (H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images)
Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, America has become hope itself. In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson called America “the world’s best hope.” In an 1862 address to Congress, Abraham Lincoln called America “the last best hope of earth.”
Today, that hope is dwindling. It feels like America is