July 4, 2011 by USA Post
Independence Day, When we gather with family and friends this weekend’s 235th Independence Day to enjoy barbecues, parades and fireworks, it is important to take time to reflect on the freedom that is uniquely ours, like the Americans, the God we truly exceptional country has blessed, and our responsibility to safeguard and better for future generations.
United States faces some critical challenges. Even the freedom that is uniquely ours as Americans is at stake.
We have an economy that more Americans are unemployed than at any time since the Great Depression. We face high gas prices. Our total debt is now equal to the size of our economy. The external debt only threatens to consume our entire gross domestic product – what our economy produces in a given year – in 2021, leaving us completely in debt to foreign creditors, the largest of which is China.
The debt crisis facing us makes our freedom and future of our children and grandchildren much more uncertain than any generation since they pledged their lives, fortune and sacred honor in the Declaration of Independence.
Americans have never refused to great challenges. We fight for freedom and liberty against the most powerful empire the world has ever known, and won.
We settled into a nation stretches 3,000 miles coast to coast, and a man on the moon three decades before we could conceive of iPhones and laptops.
We have overcome great obstacles and made our share of mistakes.
Although not perfect, our country is perhaps the best vehicle ever designed to elevate the status of all men.
As Americans, we believe that our rights are natural – that come from our creator. Just as much, we believe that our rights come not from any man or any government. As such, it cannot depend, or be changed or removed by any government, political or ideological.
This is what our founders held for us. This is what God gave man. This is what our country was the first success in practice.
The Declaration of Independence was inspired by these fundamental beliefs that make us exceptional and unique in world history.
These beliefs gave rise to our Constitution – one of the most revolutionary documents of human history. This difficult to change the chart paper was the first time that the most successful ideas for self-government of people gathered all at once, in the same place.
Each of us has been given a special gift and my responsibility. We are citizens of what our best president, and Hoosier, Abraham Lincoln said, “was the last best hope of earth.”
Facing the challenges we face is the responsibility of our generation.
We must act now, make tough decisions and make the sacrifices necessary to revive our economy and the return of the government of our country to a sustainable fiscal path.
At a time when our country has strayed from our core principles, which would be well served to return to those principles as the search for solutions and guidance to face difficult decisions ahead.
President Ronald Reagan once said that Americans, if we are not careful, if not actively working to monitor and control the growth of our federal government and protect our freedom, we will spend our sunset years telling our children’s children what was to be an American.
Bottom line – as a parent of a child of 3 years old, Teddy, and a son, 1 year old, Ryan, is a conversation I refuse to have my children.
Independence Day is a great opportunity to talk with their children, family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. What better time to start a dialogue on outstanding country in which we live and the responsibility we have for a better and pass it on to future generations?
The representative Todd Rokita is Indiana’s fourth congressional district Indiana and former Secretary of State from 2002 to 2010.
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