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.
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.
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.”
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.
the freedom won by the blood of our founding fathers, the East Coast
would still be New England, and Wisconsin, New France.
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,
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.
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.