Focusing on the inspiration for independence

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 3, 2011

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, it means different things to many of us.

To many, it’s a time to shoot off fireworks or watch one of the many displays you can find across the state. Others see it as a day off of work or a time to spend with friends at backyard barbeques.

But we must remember that to a group of people in 1776, July 4th was a time to ensure the survival of our freedoms, which our forefathers braved the ocean to obtain.

Email newsletter signup

Since the first settlers came, the people of this land have strived to make a future for themselves and contribute to the economic growth around them.

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were farmers, doctors, businessmen, teachers and many other honorable occupations.

When they saw that what they had worked so hard for was being taken from them by a government whose appetite could never be met, they took action, separating from Great Britain.

These men put everything they had on the line so that future Americans would be able to enjoy lives filled with liberty.

Their lives, fortune and reputations depended upon the actions they took. The signers of the declaration had no guarantee of a successful outcome, and yet they took the risk—and they knew it was worth it.

In today’s society, it’s truly hard to recognize the benefit that the actions of us as individuals can have.

We must continue to have faith in each other and pass our love of country on to the next generation. It’s our responsibility.

Could the light of liberty waver without proper care and protection? Perhaps. Could our livelihoods be altered? They could. But if we all step up as individuals, together, I’m convinced that the pride and hope that America has represented to the world over past 235 years can carry on.

This doesn’t just involve talk, though. It requires people like you, me, and our neighbors to step up and help fix the problems we see.

I don’t know how you and your family will be spending your Fourth of July weekend, but no matter what you do, I hope that you reflect upon our founders’ intentions.

And even more importantly, I hope it inspires you to make a difference in our community. Have a wonderful Fourth!

Rep. Terry Johnson may be reached by calling (614) 466-2124, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. Terry Johnson, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.