On July 3, 1776, one of America’s great Founding Fathers, John Adams, penned a letter to his wife, Abigail, describing his vision of Independence Day celebrations.
The day before our nation’s birth, Adams wrote, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival…It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
I am proud that his vision reminds me of Fourth of July festivities in West Tennessee.
It is remarkable that 241 years ago, our Founding Fathers had a vision of the country we know today.
Fifty-six men, who undoubtedly disagreed on many issues, came together, stood against tyranny and bravely founded a free country with unprecedented and unmatched opportunities.
While they did not have all the answers, these men of God created a democracy with the faith that future generations would fight to preserve liberty.
The American freedoms and opportunities established that summer day in 1776 have outlasted domestic conflicts and international wars.
Today, our nation is addressing a number of important and complex issues. We are discussing how to create a better health care system that works for all Americans and how to implement tax reform that will provide substantial, long-term relief for hardworking West Tennesseans. We are also strengthening our military and working tirelessly to make our communities safer and more secure.
Of course, the Fourth of July is a special day spent with family, friends, fireworks and good food.
However, it is also a day to remember the incredible foresight of our Founding Fathers and the tremendous courage required to change the course of history and establish a new nation – a nation we all know to be the greatest in the world.
I do not take lightly the responsibility of representing the Eighth Congressional District’s needs as our government engages in challenging discussions and faces complicated issues.
Our 40th President Ronald Reagan said it well: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
On this Independence Day, we must not forget how blessed we are to live in the United States of America. We must always fight for freedom and strive to leave behind an even stronger country for future generations.