01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
“Liberty and justice for all” is universally known in America. These are words we have said hundreds of times when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but the phrase is far from ordinary. Together, these five words represent the cornerstone of American democracy. When we recite them, we reaffirm our dedication to the fundamental principles of that democracy. We are created equal and have certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But do we as a nation really practice what we preach?