Sunday, July 3, 2011

Brad Lager's Capitol Report -- Celebrating our History.

Celebrating our History

The birth of our great nation began with a small group of colonist determined to push back the world’s most imposing empire. Through unity and a common belief in less government and greater freedoms, this band of believers forever changed the nation that would ultimately become the greatest example of freedom and democracy the world has ever seen.

The Fourth of July is our opportunity to celebrate what it means to be an American. It is a time when people across this great nation pause to acknowledge the freedom of self-governance that joins us together as one nation. It is a time for us to think about the courage and devotion of those who laid the foundation for our liberties and the sacrifices and commitment of those who still defend it today.

The foundation of this nation began with a belief that people possess fundamental rights and governments are formed to protect these rights. Government is granted its authority only through the consent of the people it serves, and its citizens have both the authority and the responsibility to initiate change when these rights are violated. Most importantly, our founding fathers understood that although they may hold great respect for a portion of their government, they had a duty to fight for a better way of life for their children and grandchildren. Because of these beliefs and their willingness to risk everything in their quest for liberty, we have inherited the greatest nation in the world.

Everyday, as I enter our State Capitol, I am reminded of the efforts of our founding fathers. They rose to fight against oppressive government and high taxation in order to form a more perfect union. As we craft public policy, deliberate and debate the issues, and ultimately cast votes, we are exercising the most fundamental principles of our democracy. These freedoms were not free in 1776, and they are not free today. They have been purchased with blood, and washed with tears. The price is sacrifice, hardship, and often the loss of life. Our Founding Fathers have passed the torch to us, and it is now our responsibility to ensure that our government remains responsive to the needs of its citizens without infringing on our fundamental rights as individuals.

As always, please feel free to call, email, or write with your ideas or concerns. The Capitol number is (573) 751-1415, my email is and my mailing address is Room 422, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

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