21st Century Patriots

U.S. Representative John Linder

As we approach the 229th anniversary of America's Declaration of Independence, our commitment to the ideas articulated in the Declaration still holds meaning for America's citizens, and serves as their guide into the 21st century.

What began as a revolt in response to the king of Great Britain's repeated injuries against the colonies, soon became a passionate and glorious call to fight for the beginnings of a new country. The Founding Fathers believed strongly that because of the king's actions it was their right and duty to establish a government that would allow the people to pursue life, liberty and happiness. As stated in the Declaration, "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." This new United States of America would have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

If the Founding Fathers and other patriots who fought during the Revolutionary War could see the United States today, I believe they would be proud of the path that the 13 colonies, now 50 strong states, have taken since then.

The United States of America with its freedom-loving Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and executive, legislative and Judicial branches, has served as an exemplary example for the rest of the world. It is also a country that is inhabited by a generous people that seek to bring freedom to those suffering from oppression and aid to those in need.

When called upon, the United States has come to the defense of Europe twice during World Wars I and II, and has opposed Communism around the world. In the last few years, it has removed brutal dictators and groups from power such as former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the Taliban in Afghanistan, and is now working with the Iraqi and Afghani people, who have only known cruelty for decades, to establish democracies in their countries.

Democracies, which hopefully will encourage the spread of democracy in the Arab world. Additionally, America continues its fight against global terrorism so that the world will not live in the shadow of terror. Our Founding Fathers would be proud of all that America has achieved, and will continue to achieve, in the coming years.

The American patriots of today continue the tradition of the long line of patriots before them, by helping to promote liberty and freedom around the world. I am proud to be an American, and proud that such beliefs are at the core of our country and its citizens.

Happy Fourth of July, and a special thank you to all our troops around the world fighting for the safety of America, its citizens and all for which our country stands.

Representative John Linder represents Georgia's Seventh Congressional District.