Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day 2013

Missouri Leaders:
On July 3, 1776, a 41 year-old patriot named John Adams wrote a letter to his wife describing the Declaration of Independence that the Continental Congress would adopt the next day. The future president wrote, “I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means.”

Nearly 240 years later, the work continues to “maintain this Declaration.”While everyone recalls that we are endowed with the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” many have forgotten what the next sentence of that great document states: “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….”

On this July 4th, let us celebrate the Declaration of Independence and honor the Founders’ legacies by remaining vigilant in our defense of freedom to prove that the end is still “more than worth all the Means” in the greatest country the world has ever known"
Congressman Sam Graves
6th District, Missouri

“On this very important day, we commemorate our nation's Declaration of Independence and the freedoms and liberties we continue to enjoy.

As we take the time to celebrate this special commemorative holiday with our families and friends, I do hope you will take some time to reflect on our nation's beginning and how far we have come since that important day 237 years ago.

Our adherence to our founding ideals of independence and democracy has enabled us to grow from a small group of colonies to a strong nation of sovereign states, united in a common purpose, which serves as a shining example of freedom for the rest of the world.

As James Madison so eloquently proclaimed, "The union of these states is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Libertythroughout the world.""
Representative Tim Jones
Missouri Speaker of the House

“Today we celebrate independence from a tyrannical government. A government that taxed too much,
abused it's power and invaded our privacy. The good news is it took 237 years to find ourselves again
enslaved by tyrants.
Who's ready for round two?
Senator Jim Lembke


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