Celebrating and Preserving Freedom on this 4th of July
Washington, Jul 2, 2010 - The 4th of July is more than a celebration of the courage of our forefathers to stand up against tyranny and declare themselves independent to live their own lives under a government of their own choosing. It is a reminder that liberty is hard-won and easily lost, and that we Americans of today, as a free people, and under constant threat of having that freedom taken from us, must be ever vigilant to safeguard our rights and safeguard our democracy.
While I am barbequing and surfing with my family and friends this weekend, I will never forget the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world, who are putting themselves on the line to defend all of us back home. They are far away from their families so that we can be close to ours.
Independence Day is a time to reflect on our country’s past and present and to look to the future. I think about my three children everyday, whether I am home in California or in Washington, DC. We owe it to the young to ensure that this is as strong and proud an America as it was when we inherited it from our parents and they did from theirs.
America is in many ways a complex and advanced country. We are a diverse people, from many backgrounds; some of us were born here, while others emigrated to America, in search of a better life. While we may not share the same individual histories, we all share the same strong beliefs in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is that shared belief that binds us together, regardless of whatever other differences we may have.
I hope and pray that everyone in the 46th Congressional District of California, and everyone across this great country, has a fun and safe Independence Day.