Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday,America

From Rand2016:

Today, we celebrate our Declaration of Independence.

This document and the sentiment that inspired it were milestones in our history. Our Founding Fathers stood for life and liberty, all while risking theirs.

If, as Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction," will ours be the one to allow the flame to be extinguished?

I don't believe so. I believe we are prepared to stand and fight to preserve our nation, our rights and our liberty.

On this day, I am thankful for being given the opportunity to play a role in this cause. And I am grateful for the support you have given to me.

Today, many will be with their families, go to parades, cook-out, and celebrate our Independence. I will be one of those enjoying this day.

John Adams spoke of our Independence and declared that it "ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.

It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

Today, there will be fireworks and music, and perhaps there will be speeches that remind us of the origins of the day, and our freedoms.

We should take time to reflect on what that means to us. To me it means the freedom to live in the manner prescribed and protected in our founding documents.

It means standing up for free speech, even when you disagree with the speech.

It means standing up for the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments, even when it might seem more expeditious not to.

It means removing the obstacles to freedom that are sometimes placed in the path of the individual, the worker, or the job creator.

For these rights, this liberty is what defines us and allows us to prosper. As Emerson said, "For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fails."

Enjoy the 4th. Celebrate with family and friends. And pledge to continue the fight for freedom, so you and I can say we preserved it here for another generation.

In Liberty,

Rand Paul

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