Fourth of July Celebrates Courage, Freedom

Column by Rep. Mike Sanders

The Fourth of July marks the day in 1776 that the American colonies voted in favor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Doing so was a brave act, for it meant taking on Great Britain, one of the most fierce world powers at the time. Even though the men who signed the act were not all military men, they all stood to lose, as the battle would be fought on their homeland.

In modern times, the men and women who serve in the military travel to distant lands to make the world a safer place. Today, we celebrate the freedoms our nation protects, those that are given to use by God, and honor the many individuals who have shed blood to preserve that freedom. I want to thank those brave men and women who fought for and who currently are fighting for our freedoms.

I believe that when we allow government to grow too large, we lose the power to reign in government officials from abusing our rights and from making poor policy decisions. It is nearly impossible to keep up with the government today. There is too much bureaucracy, too many complicated mechanisms by which our government functions and too much spending for anyone to be able to hold that spending accountable to the taxpayer.

As a conservative lawmaker I plan to do what I can to cut through the bureaucracy and increase the transparency of your state government. But today, I will be celebrating the fact that we are still in the freest country in the world.

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