Over 236 years ago, the United States of America adopted of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration portrayed the self-determination of the dwellers of this great nation, and we commemorate this great moment in history on the Fourth of July.
In the battles that earned our liberty, our nation's heroes exemplified valor. The Declaration led to dramatic action, and what emerged from the War of Independence was a nation that stood for freedom and the Constitution that would guide us to greatness.
We have a great history. Now looking to the future, it has become increasingly apparent that America must choose between two paths. On one course, America will continue to be a nation organized around the principles of free enterprise: limited government, individual freedom, and rewards determined by one's determination and hard work. On the other path, America will move toward a government-managed health care, economy, expanding bureaucracies, more government regulations, and perpetual bailouts at the expense of the taxpayer.
It is the duty of Congress and the president to abide by the Constitution and stand by our guiding principles established by our Founding Fathers. The administration and Democrats obviously see it differently. They have moved us toward the path of bigger government, introducing expansions of government intervention and control. In need of true health care reform, the president's health care law is leading us down the path of government takeover of the system, jeopardizing patient access and care.
It is evident that some in Washington have decided to promote government power at the expense of individual liberty. That is not the ideal that launched this great nation.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, family and fun, let us first remember our service members who continue to fight for our freedom. Please take the time to reflect on the incredible sacrifices made for us by the brave men and women in uniform and their families.