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WOODALL: What Independence Day means 236 years later

The American way of life is, and always will be, based on freedom. Independence Day holds a special place in our nation's history, not only because it was the dawning of our independence from Great Britain, but also because it is a yearly reminder that we, the American people, are a free people. America is a land where no group can force a mindset on you, and no government may take your freedom from you. If you dream it, you can do it; and even if you don't succeed you get back up and try again. Independence Day holds the same meaning the Founding Fathers imbued it with 236 years ago; no power shall tame an American.

You can see the wild beauty of America in our products, our celebration, and who we are as a people. Fierce independence is what separates the United States and her people from despot regimes, authoritarian states, and mediocrity. The independence that separated the 13 colonies from the motherland more than 200 years ago is the same independence that can be seen in every single small business success, every entrepreneur's perspiring brow, and every parent striving to make their child's future better than their own.

So what is the meaning of Independence Day 236 years later? We live in a world our Founding Fathers could never have predicted (and frankly would not stand for), yet their guiding message remains true. The United States of America must now, as it did then, seize the freedom that our Constitution offers.

As you enjoy our nation's birthday with fireworks, pool parties, parades, barbeques or however you and your family celebrate, I hope that you take a moment to dwell on our nation's deep-seated love of freedom and how it affects us all as individuals and as a nation. So important is that freedom, we cease to be America without it.

I wish you and your family a happy Independence Day. And may God continue to bless America.

Rob Woodall is a U.S. Representative from Lawrenceville.

Comments

notblind 2 years, 3 months ago

This is the typical nonsense we get out of Washington. A lot of empty meaningless words while the country is coming apart in every sense of the word.

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dgh33 2 years, 3 months ago

In his 4th of July editorial, Congressman Woodall writes “We live in a world our Founding Fathers could never have predicted (and frankly would not stand for), yet their guiding message remains true. The United States of America must now, as it did then, seize the freedom that our Constitution offers.”

While the Constitution is one of the greatest documents ever written (and if you are a Republican politician you need to bring it up as often as possible) the 4th of July is a celebration of the Declaration of Independence. Still, I get his point - the government set up by our Founding Fathers is in bad shape. But, if the Founders would not stand for it, why should we?

I was reading the Declaration again last night when I noticed something I had missed before. There is line before the list of “injuries and usurpations” that reads:

“... mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

Five years ago you knew the country was in trouble, but most of us were content to suffer and hope things would improve. We figured that if things got bad enough someone would step up and defend the founding principles. But what is bad enough? If you were told five years ago that soon the national debt would be greater than the our GDP, that the Justice Department would be refusing to enforce laws it didn’t like, that administrators would regulate certain businesses out of existence, that we would be forced into a government insurance program; if you were told all this you would have agreed that at that point something needed to be done. And you would have been right.

We are at that point now, and for some reason many of us continue to do the same things and hope for different results.

We need to be ever vigilant. Congress must tenaciously defend its powers under the constitution and shout loudly and constantly when one of the other branches oversteps its bounds. I don’t see this happening with career politicians. They have become focused on doing the ‘job’ of politics and not committed to actively defending the principles of the Founding Fathers.

We need a group of citizen legislators - people who live and work here in Georgia and are willing to go to Washington for a few years and then come home. Imagine waking up on November 7th and discovering that we have 300 Representatives who had never worked in Washington. What would all the lobbyists do? What would all the ‘power brokers’ do? They would not have Congressmen who owned them favors and would be suddenly shut out of the process. These new Representatives would pull out their Constitution, turn to Article I Section 8 and start reading their job description. They would make decisions based on what is best for the country and not their career.

David Hancock Candidate, US House of Representatives Georgia 7th District www.hancock2012.com

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FordGalaxy 2 years, 3 months ago

"America is a land where no group can force a mindset on you, and no government may take your freedom from you."


Me thinks Representative Woodall hasn't been paying attention lately.

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