Independence: Brought to You Courtesy of the Service of Others

By Jennifer Horn (Republican Candidate for US Representative for NH-CD2)

Our Independence was born with the stroke of a pen on July 4th, 1776. We were a nation without the rights of our mother country; our forefathers rose up and fought for our right to self-governance, our right to be a free and independent people. They created a government that was to be of the people, by the people, for the people.

Congress no longer serves the very people it was created to represent. The partisan gridlock of our elected representatives threatens the very freedoms our Founding Fathers fought to protect. It seems that Congress serves party over the people and special interests over the rights of all. Power and prestige have replaced public service as motivation for public office.

Our Founding Fathers built a great nation and every American has a duty to fight to preserve their vision. Each one of us has a duty to serve the cause of democracy and freedom - not just on the battlefield, but in our communities and at the voting booth.

Make your voice heard – join the fight to return government back to the people. We may not all don the uniform of the most courageous, but we are all called to serve the cause of freedom and democracy.

Our red, white and blue banner is now and must forever be a flag of hope and possibility to freedom seeking people everywhere. Serving that flag, and that cause, is the most noble of all.

I hope I have taught my children what my parents taught me: that service to others is the greatest measure of your life, that freedom for all is the most treasured cause, and that those who make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of that cause are the most heroic among us.

As we march in parades and grill burgers in the yard with family and friends, let us remember both those that forged our great Nation and those who have served and sacrificed to defend it.

May God continue to bless those who serve, their families and above all, those lost to the continuing fight for freedom for all people.