[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Independence Day is often filled with noble thoughts concerning our founding as a nation. And while that is supremely important to honor, we must also be mindful of the fact that the very freedoms our founders worked so hard to guarantee are slipping away and the Republic they created is being endangered more and more with each passing day.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]We dutifully remember the immortal words and warnings from our nation’s founders; but not all wise American patriots lived 200+ years ago. Ronald Reagan bled red, white and blue and truly loved this nation. In 1986, he offered this warning: “the only permanent danger to the hope that is America, comes from within.”
My fellow Americans, it falls to us to keep faith with them and all the great Americans of our past. Believe me, if there’s one impression I carry with me after the privilege of holding for 5 1/2 years the office held by Adams and Jefferson and Lincoln, it is this: that the things that unite us — America’s past of which we’re so proud, our hopes and aspirations for the future of the world and this much-loved country — these things far outweigh what little divides us.
And so tonight we reaffirm that Jew and gentile, we are one nation under God; that black and white, we are one nation indivisible; that Republican and Democrat, we are all Americans. Tonight, with heart and hand, through whatever trial and travail, we pledge ourselves to each other and to the cause of human freedom, the cause that has given light to this land and hope to the world.
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