Usually on Independence Day, I try to remove myself — if just for part of the day — from the daily grind of current events. My thoughts move to a longer, historical view of our freedom and liberty.
This year that is impossible. America’s historical march towards liberty and the events of recent weeks have collided in a way that makes passive reflection impossible.
I cannot think about the foundation of our country without thinking about the news of the day.
On June 28, as you know, five men and women on the Supreme Court made a decision to uphold the disaster that is Obamacare. That decision resulted in the degradation of our liberty. There is simply no other way to put it.
I refuse to believe that the patriotic colonists of 1776 rose up against the British Empire so that our federal government could tell private citizens they must purchase a private product or face a punitive tax.
When confronted with injustice, our forefathers took up arms. Luckily, due to their sacrifice, we have a more powerful weapon: the ballot box.
In 1787, after our Declaration of Independence and many years of war and upheaval, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government the Continental Congress had created. He said simply, “A republic, ma’am — if you can keep it.”
Well, I for one intend to keep it.
I hope all of you will celebrate this Independence Day by renewing your commitment to liberty and working to elect strong conservative leadership in Tennessee and Washington, D.C. This usurpation of our liberty called Obamacare must be resisted. I hope you will join the fight.
Happy Independence Day and God Bless Tennessee.
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