A Day to Reflect and Recommit Ourselves to America's Founding Ideals

Senator John Cornyn
2013-07-02 09:06:20
THE LONESTAR WEEKLY Senator Cornyn�s E-Newsletter **A Day to Reflect and Recommit Ourselves to America�s Founding Ideals** ��*�**By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn* 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. As we 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 others� equal. 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. May God bless you and yours on this special day, and may he continue to bless Texas and the United States of America. News Releases* *June 28: Cornyn, McConnell Express Concern Over Administration Pressure On Sports Groups to Promote Obamacare [link 1] June 28: Cornyn, Carter Request Six Month Extension for Salamander Decision [link 2] June 27: Cornyn Calls on HHS Secretary to End Fundraising for Obamacare [link 3] June 27: Cornyn Op-ed: Immigration Reform Must Include Results On Border Security [link 4] June 26**: Cornyn Addresses De Facto Earmarks in Immigration Bill� [link 5] June 25: Cornyn Responds to New Obama Climate Policies [link 6] June 25: Cornyn Joins Effort to Repeal Death Tax [link 7] June 24: Cornyn to Oppose Hoeven-Corker Amendment [link 8] June 20: New Cornyn Education Bill Aims to Bring Schools to �A-PLUS� Standards [link 9] June 20: Cornyn Questions Hoeven-Corker Border Security Amendment [link 10] �* Social Media* Sen. Cornyn regularly updates his profiles with the latest news and developments from around Texas and Capitol Hill. [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov/images/twitter.gif] [link 11]� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/instagram-logo-icon.jpg] [link 12]�� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov/images/facebook.gif] [link 13]� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov/images/youtube.gif] [link 14]� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Flickr.png] [link 15] Texas Times Column* *May 24: Honoring the Fallen in Smithville, TX [link 16] April 23: Courage and Grace in West, Texas [link 17] March 18: Honoring Montford Point Marine Calvin Curtis [link 18] February 28: A Moment Bigger Than The Game [link 19] February 20: Texas Treasure Returns to the Alamo [link 20] February 5: Honoring Members of our Greatest Generation [link 21] January 28: Remembering the Crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia [link 22] December 14: Tales of Christmas Past In Texas [link 23] November 20: A Message of Thanksgiving [link 24] September 14: Cowtown On The Open Seas: Commissioning the USS Fort Worth [link 25]* �

A Day to Reflect and Recommit Ourselves to America�s Founding Ideals
   By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

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.

As we 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 others� equal.

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.

May God bless you and yours on this special day, and may he continue to bless Texas and the United States of America.

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