Lasee's Notes
 June 29, 2017

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Independence Day


Independence Day is a time for reflection and celebration. It’s a time to remember our country’s fight for freedom and liberty, and to consider where we’ve come from and where we’re going.


America is a nation based not on religion or race, but on an ideal – an ideal that was born in the pubs and parlors of the colonies over 241 years ago. There, a few men gathered and decided to start a country based on freedom and liberty. A country of equals, where people could govern themselves – not be governed. A place where the individual would be more important than the state, and where we could unleash the unlimited ingenuity of the human spirit, providing unbounded opportunity.



Those men put these thoughts into the Declaration of Independence – but then they did something else. They picked up their muskets and bayonets and fought for their ideals. Patrick Henry didn’t say, “Give me liberty or give me a UN resolution.” He said death. The signers of the Declaration didn’t promise “more inspectors” or “economic sanctions”. They pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.”


I am willing to bet that as the American soldiers stood there at the end of the siege of Yorktown on September 3, 1783, and knew that our country had defeated the British Empire, they all thought, “This is the war to end all wars. We are free!” However, we know that at every wars end, people hope it’s a war to end all wars. And sadly, every time the optimists are wrong.


Without the freedom won by the blood of our founding fathers, the East Coast would still be New England, and Wisconsin, New France.



I’ve had the chance to visit many places in the world and wherever I’ve gone, one thing stands out. America is the stuff of dreams. We are that beacon upon on a hill that the first settlers at Plymouth Rock imagined we would be. America represents hope and is our privilege, responsibility, and destiny.


The dictators, tyrants, and terrorists hate America for the freedom we represent. They aim to stifle our ideals by attacking us and our allies, harming our citizens both home and abroad, and building nuclear weapons to threaten and intimidate. We have always understood the price of freedom and have answered the call. Since the Revolutionary War, Americans have risked their very lives in the cause of liberty.


Thomas Paine, in 1776, said that the “cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind.” This is as true today as it ever was.



Over this 4th of July holiday please have a great time with your family and friends, enjoy parades, fireworks (safely), BBQs, and everything that makes this time of year in Wisconsin fantastic. But also, take a moment to remember the men and women that fought and founded our great nation 241 years ago and those who are still fighting for it today – celebrate their lives and legacy – America!


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