In a world governed by despots concerned with their own welfare, our nation’s founders laid out a vision for a government devoted to safeguarding the pursuit of happiness of all citizens. They used our nation’s founding charter to, for the first time, enshrine government recognition of the rights, endowed by God, of all people. They placed their faith, and hope for the future, in the intangible power of our workers, families, and entrepreneurs—what would become the great American middle class. For two and a half centuries, our system has been the backbone of the unprecedented rise in the quality and length of life across the world. It was the faith our founders placed in our people that has made all the difference.