Weekly Columns

Independence Day

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Washington, June 30, 2010 | comments

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Over 234 years ago, the United States of America adopted of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration portrayed our self-determination and establishment, and we commemorate this great moment in history on the Fourth of July. Our nation’s heroes exemplified valor in the battles that earned our liberty. The Declaration led to dramatic action, and what emerged from this War of Independence was our new nation and the Constitution that would guide us to greatness.

As we celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, family and fun, let us first remember our current troops who continue to fight for our freedom. I hope that we will all take time to reflect on the incredible sacrifices made for us by the brave men and women in uniform and their families.

We have a great history. Now looking to the future, it has become increasingly apparent that America must choose between two paths. On one course, America will continue to be a nation organized around the principles of free enterprise: limited government, individual freedom, and rewards determined by one’s determination and hard work. On the other path, America will move toward a government-managed economy, expanding bureaucracies, government entitlements for the majority of Americans, and perpetual bailouts at the expense of the taxpayer.

I personally believe it is the duty of Congress and the President to abide by the Constitution and standby our guiding principles established by our Founding Fathers.

The Administration and the current Democratic leadership obviously see it differently. They have used the financial crisis as a pretext to move us toward the second path, introducing breathtaking expansions of government intervention and control.

In need of true health care reform, the Majority chose to pass legislation leading us down the path of government takeover of the system, jeopardizing patient access and care.

And just last week, Democrats in the House passed the DISCLOSE Act, weighted down with special deals for select interest groups, that establishes two different levels of rights under the First Amendment.

It is evident that some in Washington have decided to promote government power at the expense of individual liberty. That is not the ideal that launched this great nation.

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