Reclaiming the Spirit of 1776

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."  – Samuel Adams

The battle for independence is ongoing.  On this Fourth of July, millions of Americans have been reminded that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

During this year’s Independence Day celebrations we do not need Paul Revere to tell us of the threat that is coming our way.  The danger is clear and present.

The Obama Administration, with the partnership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, are taking this country on a perilous course of fiscal irresponsibility, foreign ineptitude and feckless leadership.  The fact is that the Obama-Pelosi-Reid government has pursued policies that create and promote dependence.

It is their Declaration of Dependence – and it comes in many forms…

Individuals become more dependent upon the government as we create new entitlement programs.

Local and state governments become more dependent upon the federal government as power is consolidated in Washington.

Businesses become dependent upon the government for bailouts and rescues.

America becomes more dependent upon the Middle East for energy.

America becomes more dependent upon China to fund irresponsible spending.

The challenges facing our nation are great and we cannot remain quiet or still in these historic times.  Our first opportunity to slow down the liberal train of dependence is just four months away.

I have fought against big government under both Republican and Democrat rule.  I have opposed the expansion of government entitlements, bailouts and excessive spending and will continue to do so.

As we celebrate Independence Day 2010, let us resolve to reclaim the spirit of 1776.  Let us commit to one another that we will not rest in the fight for American Independence.  I believe we are in the middle of a great American awakening – as millions of our fellow citizens have mobilized to win back our nation.

However, we must be cautious of two things that could sabotage this historic opportunity to fight back against the policies of dependence:  complacency and division.

Some may be tempted into complacency because they either believe the battle is too big to overcome or that victory is assured.  These two opposite attitudes can create an environment that causes warriors to hold back at the very moment they are most needed.  We can achieve victory if we keep focused on the challenge before us.

Another threat to victory is division in the camp.  I am often reminded of two of America’s greatest patriots – cousins by blood and brothers in arms – John and Sam Adams.  They disagreed on tactics and policy, but in their disagreements they always saw the bigger picture of American Independence.  We can always find areas of disagreement within the conservative camp, but if we allow those disagreements to hand victory to our political opponents, we fail to understand how the Spirit of ’76 turned into the Victory at Yorktown.

Let us pledge to one another on this Independence Day that we will not be distracted by complacency or division.  Let us pledge to one another that we will keep our eyes on the true prize:  A renewal of our Declaration of Independence.

May you have a blessed holiday weekend as you celebrate this great occasion with family and friends.  Let us remember the words of John Adams today, and then resolve to keep the dream alive on July 5th.

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. 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.” – John Adams