America’s 243rd Independence Day comes our way this Thursday with booms and sparkles echoing the sacrifices of men and women from our country’s infancy.  The story of their courage is worth honoring today and for future generations that need to be aware of their sacrifice.

Well before signing the Declaration of Independence John Adams penned a letter to his wife, Abigail, that freedom from England, “ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” Indeed, newspapers from 1777 in Philadelphia and Boston reported the fourth ended with bells ringing followed by rockets and fireworks. A dazzling display of light and sound to celebrate freedom from tyranny. A Republic is born, and we should never forget.  

Socialist Democrats, however, are attempting to rewrite our story saying that our founding words need to be adapted.  That government is the answer. But, there is nothing more American than guarding the founding principles of our country and defending them.  President Trump has acted in accord by appointing conservative Constitutional-minded judges, responsibly protecting our borders, enacting tax cuts for all citizens and rolling back government intervention on businesses.  

Republicans and President Trump are returning American principles back to our country, and that’s why I am convinced the resistance is so strong.  President Obama planted the seeds and watered the ground for Socialism.  Take the Affordable Care Act, for example, this was simply ground-work for socialized medicine.  Fortunately, the American people interrupted that plan by electing Donald Trump over Hillary.  

Honestly, following the recent Democrat presidential debates I almost choked adding up the cost of freebies promised by each candidate.  Bernie and other’s “chicken in every pot” seems to have morphed into a filet mignon for all.  Should I say, “Bon a petit?”

Where does it end? A system based on physical rights ends only in defeat for the many.  We are a nation built on moral rights, personal freedoms and knowledge.  We believe America is exceptional because of our historic role — first as refuge, then as defender, and now as exemplar of liberty for the world to see. 

We affirm — as did the Declaration of Independence: that all are created equal, endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We believe in the Constitution as our founding document. We believe the Constitution was written not as a flexible document, but as our enduring covenant.  We believe our constitutional system — limited government, separation of powers, federalism, and the rights of the people — must be preserved uncompromised for future generations. (GOP Platform)

The fourth of July is more than just a parade and fireworks.  It is a posture of humility that recognizes the blood of patriots who regarded freedom more valuable than life itself. We only repay their valor by continuing to honor their memory.

These principles are at the core of Republican values and often seems messy, yet they are worth defending.

But today’s war is different.  Minds have become the battlefield where knowledge is skewed by jargon and doubt is hurled at convention.  Yes, we have a Constitution that thankfully allows freedom of expression, but it is equally important to defend against the nonsense of the left.

So, strike up the band.  Light the fuse.  Sing God Bless America and our Star-Spangled Banner.  Let us pay homage to our United States, unapologetically and fly our flag.  Make known who we are and how it all started. 

As another 4th emerges let’s protect America from the emerging socialist barrens who, if elected, would destroy the very fabric of our liberty.  Remember, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  God Bless the USA.

Greg DeLancey is the 1st District chairman for the Republican Party of Kentucky. He may be reached at  

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