July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

On July 4th, 1776, the adoption of the Declaration of Independence marked the formal inception of the United States of America.  While serving as the foundational document of the American Revolution, it also provided a profound statement on rights of mankind and the proper relationship between government and citizens.  Now, just 239 years since that seminal moment, we celebrate the improbable creation of our nation, and its enduring values which continue to make America the beacon on the hill for the rest of the world.

Articulated with profound eloquence, our Founding Fathers understood that the unalienable rights of mankind – “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – were endowed by our creator and not by a monarch or king.  This means that these rights cannot be taken away, and that the role of government is simply to secure them for citizens, not to dictate their realization.

Today we give thanks to the freedoms we have been blessed with and celebrate the uniquely American values which continue to compose the fabric of our national identity.  But we also should remember that those rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have never been more vulnerable.  The necessity to protect them and secure them for future generations is ongoing and vital.

Representing over 700,000 Texans in Congress is both humbling and empowering.  I feel an incredible sense of urgency to fight for the policies and restore the values necessary to give my two daughters the same shot at the American dream that Michele and I have been blessed with.

I hope you and your family have an enjoyable and patriotic weekend.

God bless you all, and happy 4th of July.