A Day to Reflect and Recommit Ourselves to America�s
By U.S. Sen. John
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, I
encourage all Texans to take a moment to reflect upon what was at stake in
that Philadelphia meetinghouse some 237 years ago, when a group of
revolutionaries gathered to indict a tyrant and declare their
independence. The notion that this band of enlightened colonials would take
a stand against the mightiest empire the world had ever known is bold
and courageous in itself. That they would do so in the name of a
radical, novel concept of liberty is astounding. And for us
today, the heirs of their labors, it is humbling.
On that day
in 1776, autocracy began its long retreat into history as a new
conception of governance � one striving for freedom and self-rule � went on
the march. Our founders recognized that liberty, endowed by our
Creator, is the birthright of all mankind. Today, as we gather
with friends and family, we give thanks for the sacrifices that
countless Americans have made over the generations to guard this right and
see to it that it is fully realized by all citizens.
mark this day, let us recommit ourselves to America�s founding ideals.
Our experiment in self-governance will always bring new challenges and
fresh debates. At times these debates will be loud and raucous
as sincere ideologies clash. But we must never lose sight of our
common love of country and the fundamental truth that we are all each
Texans are no strangers to the high cost of
protecting the revolutionary ideals handed down to us by our
founders. The Republic of Texas was born in a revolution of its own, and
with over 100,000 members of our armed forces calling Texas home, our
state has long been on the frontlines of liberty.
bless you and yours on this special day, and may he continue to bless
Texas and the United States of America.