Fourth Of July A Needed Reminder Of National Unity

In the moment, John Adams had a sense of how profound it was. He knew he was living through history. On July 3, 1776, he wrote his wife a letter detailing the Second Continental Congress’s vote the day before declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.

“The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

While the signing of the declaration on July 4 became the date memorialized by history, he was right about everything else. The promise of the Declaration of Independence was powerful. Our founders were rejecting oppression and choosing liberty. Our founders were rejecting monarchy and choosing Democracy. They were beginning an experiment in self-government that would change the world.

They also believed so fully in the power of freedom that they were ready to make every sacrifice for their people. In critical military theatres across our state, from the painful siege of Valley Forge to the war’s turning point at the battle of Saratoga, brave patriots laid down their lives for their countrymen. During the darkest days of the Revolution, Thomas Paine wrote these defining words of determination:

These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Building this country has always required tenacity. It’s always required faith in our founding principles, and it’s always required citizens who rise to the occasion and transcend adversity. Most importantly, it’s required brave heroes who are willing to put their lives on the line in defense of our nation.

That’s a history and a legacy I’m proud to claim as an American citizen. Our national legacy is one of expansive opportunity and continual progress. We’re a beacon of hope for the world. When radical leftists try to erase our history by suggesting that we should remove monuments of our founders, they do our country a grave disservice.

Our founders were not perfect people. No one is. But they engineered a genius framework whereby we Americans can continue to build an ever more perfect union. I’m proud to be an American, and I hope you enjoy a wonderful Fourth of July with your family.

What do you think?  I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at kolbb@nyassembly.gov, or find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook. 

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