Sunday, July 3, 2011

Some thoughts on Independence Day

Tomorrow is Independence Day... Not just the 4th of July, not just a day of parades and hot dogs, but a day to remember our will, strength, and courage to defy a government that was not of, by, and for the people. It was a day we said that we would no longer submit to a tyrannical government. It was a day that forever changed history and set us on a path to be the greatest nation in the world.

It was not an easy day I assure you. The men who made the decision to defy a king knew the road ahead would be dangerous. They knew there would be risks and substantial costs. But they felt the cause of freedom was both just and necessary.

Since that day, our nation has worked hard to continuously advance the cause of freedom and individual liberty. To work hard to prevent governments from controlling the lives of people. To make sure oppression disappears from the planet. There are great lengths yet to go.

This weekend of celebration should be enjoyed, no, relished. Your right to BBQ, have parades, and take a leave from work has been hard fought by patriots, in and out of uniform, for more 235 years.

As you reflect on the joy of the weekend, reflect also on the reason and the cause which forms the basis for this holiday.

I personally want to thank all of the men and women who have fought for our cause of freedom. Fought on our soil and in foreign lands. Fought and served in the halls of our senate and congress, regardless of which party. Those who fought and will continue to fight to make sure our goal of Freedom is achieved.

I wish you all a safe, happy, and reflective Independence Day. May you think of those who have served, are serving, and will continue to serve us in the future.

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