by Karl Spain
I send love and greetings to the Chinese people from a small place in the United States called Maryland. I was born here in Maryland — have never lived more than 50 miles from here – and have never visited China.
And yet, you are my brothers and sisters, and I know this with a certainity like the one I have that I am an American through and through. What does it mean to be an American through and through and still think of the Chinese people as his brothers and sisters?
It means we share a bond, a series of critical, inalienable connections that transcend language, custom, political affiliation, and even economic theory.
I study China because I have a love of that land and have had an insatiable curiosity about China and the Chinese people for as long as I can remember; and that study has resulted in something that is more a feeling than a calculation – a feeling across oceans and races — that although we may have different names for these inalienable principles our peoples nevertheless, share a love of them.
Freedom itself means something different in China than it does in the U.S. but I believe all humans long for a life with freedom of thought and prayer, accompanied by the freedom to raise our own children, as healthy and strong as practical — with free wills of their own.
These individual freedoms eventually result in the people themselves having the full freedom to choose their laws and leaders. This competitive relationship dynamic change between it’s people and government improves the potential of a people exponentially, something the world has only begun to see out of China.
With love I write, as that connection is made stronger and freedom itself grows as an ever greater force in China.
As both that irrepressible power and huge responsibility grows within the people of China I am praying they will find for themselves – the awesome majesty of Constitutional Democracy, provided that Constitution incorporates a strong bill of rights at it’s core.
I write this letter because a great man, George Washington, loved me enough to write these principles down and fight for them — as his gift to me. I believe he meant for all men and women to share in that gift one day.
These same freedoms sustained me, nurtured me, and have made all the difference in my life.
As he wished me peace, happiness, opportunity; but with freedom and dignity, so do I wish these wonderful things for you the Chinese people.