Celebrate and Appreciate Independence Day – Citizen’s Pledge

Dear Friends and Citizens,

Let’s take some time with friends and family this Independence Day and beyond to acknowledge the blessings that we have as citizens of this great nation. Parents and grandparents should teach their children and grandchildren what it means to be an American and how our country was conceived in liberty and has managed to preserve that liberty through the struggle and sacrifice of each generation. This message will not be taught in schools and so it is our duty as parents and citizens to convey this message clearly to our children so that they and their children can continue to be blessed with the freedom and opportunity that we enjoyed.

While we have allowed opponents of individual liberty to gain the upper hand, it is now our hands to take our country back one town, one county, and one state at a time. We should be encouraged that we elected Governor Christie in New Jersey and we once again found proof that one man can make a difference. Governor Christie’s bipartisan pension and health benefit reform proposals passed the Senate and Assembly. This historic piece of legislation will save taxpayers $120 billion over 30 years and ensure the solvency of New Jersey’s retirement system for current and future retirees. We stood up to the unions and got Christie elected and he’s making a difference in NJ and across the nation.

Governor Christie said: “Together, we’re showing New Jersey is serious about providing long-term fiscal stability for our children and grandchildren. We are putting the people first and daring to touch the third rail of politics in order to bring reform to an unsustainable system. I want to thank Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Oliver for putting aside politics, committing themselves to reform and remaining unwilling to settle for anything less than the real, viable solutions New Jerseyans have been demanding.”

***Start A New Tradition This Independence Day***

A suggestion to make the July 4th holiday more meaningful this year and every year going forward is to add a ritual that will teach the history of this great day. A suggestion for an Independence Day ritual is linked below from Dennis Prager’s Prager University (a very worthwhile site with very short and meaningful courses). This ritual will help bring the original and proper meaning to Independence Day and help make us all proud of our great nation and the bravery and character of our founding fathers. http://www.prageruniversity.com/4th-of-july-declaration.html

This is just one suggestion – you can modify it as needed, or just read the Declaration or key portions. The point is to take time out to keep our history alive for us and our children.

And if you want more information about the Declaration (from Heritage)…

What America Celebrates on the Fourth of July

by Bethany S. Murphy

For many Americans, this coming weekend is a long holiday marked by barbecues and fireworks.

But the Fourth of July—which this year celebrates 235 years since our nation’s independence—is also a time to remember what makes this country great.

The Heritage Foundation’s vice president of American Studies, Matthew Spalding, gives the history of the Declaration of Independence and explains why Americans celebrate the Fourth of July:

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The ringing phrases of the Declaration of Independence speak to all those who strive for liberty and seek to vindicate the principles of self-government. But it was an aged John Adams who, when he was asked to prepare a statement on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, delivered two words that still convey our great hope every Fourth of July: “Independence Forever.”

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At the end of his essay, Spalding shares quotes about why the Declaration of Independence is so important for America.

Happy Independence Day.

God bless America,
Michael

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