By Sen. JOSEPH SILK
With Independence Day approaching, I am going to depart from the usual political updates and take a moment to reflect on the upcoming holiday. Like many Americans, July 4th has always been special to me, and I am very grateful that I was blessed to grow up in the United States and be able to raise my family here.
It’s especially nice to do that in southeastern Oklahoma, where my family has had roots for multiple generations, because it seems that the majority of people here are more in tune with our founding fathers’ beliefs and traditional values than folks in other parts of the country.
It is very easy to get caught up in the here and now, with all the challenges that our state and country currently face. We also must stay vigilant in fighting and calling out the liberal progressive agenda which is really just the new name for communism and Nazi Germany-type of government. Yes, the opposite of what was the founders’ setup for our nation.
I want to encourage everyone to step back and take a sincere look at what our founders had in mind and sacrificed for when they signed the Declaration of Independence so many years ago.
It is deeply concerning to me how rare it is to see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution discussed by the public, legislators and in classrooms. It is because of these documents that we are the great nation and people we are today.
Like I have said many times before, if we abandon the principles and framework they laid out, it will not be long before our free America will no longer be recognizable.
So as July 4th approaches, let’s remember what we are celebrating, which is a document that states that government’s true purpose is to protect Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Read thoroughly the Declaration and the Constitution, and you will find our country became free and was founded on limited government and individual liberty. We must be vigilant in protecting these things from everyone who comes against them. Thomas Jefferson said once, “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.”
Have a great 4th of July, celebrating our country’s independence, and the freedom it provides for its citizens!
As always, if I can ever be of assistance to any of you, if you would like to speak one on one, or if I can in any way help inform you of any state issue, please do not hesitate to contact me. My office can be reached by calling 405-521-5614 or by email at [email protected].
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