Congressman Smith Capitol Report: Our Nation’s Independence
This July 4, America will celebrate its 245th birthday. The freedom and freedom that our founding fathers envisioned have become pillars not only for our society, but for countries around the world. The Declaration of Independence boldly declares that we are all born with God-given rights, and that no one can take them away from us. “We take these truths for granted, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Americans have always come together to recognize that no matter how different we are, we can all be grateful to a country whose founding principle is to work for freedom and equality.
This year, however, we face a growing threat from those who have sought to recast America not as a country bent on the continued advancement of these principles, but as an evil nation founded to protect and protect. advance racism and slavery. We hear these voices every day in institutions too weak to defend America as a force for good, whether they are companies whose boards of directors are increasingly disconnected from their workers; our national media which dismiss or refuse to publish dissenting voices from the left or from the right; or our universities where academic freedom is only granted if you embrace liberal political activism.
Last week we saw an Olympic athlete turn her back on our flag as the national anthem played. We have seen elite voices in Hollywood and in entertainment calling for our flag to be replaced; for the rewriting of our national anthem; for the renaming of the capital of our nation; for the removal of our statues honoring American heroes; and for the annulment of our ancestors. Our society cannot continue to function with the constant denigration of our country from eminent voices inside. Those who care about America must speak out against those who want to undo what binds us together.
Rather than run away from this fight, I embrace her. America is worth fighting for. What makes America great is as true today as it was in 1776. Our country remains the most open, vibrant, free, stable and culturally diverse nation that has ever existed. From landing on D-Day to sending the first man to the moon, our nation has proven time and time again that we have the capacity to accomplish anything. Our military has kept Americans safe for the better half of the last century. Our economic model has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. We have offered almost limitless opportunities to our citizens, and the best is yet to come.
On this July 4th holiday, I will celebrate and appreciate the abundant freedoms we enjoy. I am ready to ensure the survival of freedom and the achievement of a more perfect society. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, America is man’s last best hope on earth. Happy Independence Day!
Congressman Jason Smith, R-MO, represents Rolla in the Eighth Congressional District of Missouri.