Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

Photo by Nicolas Bonanno. Licensed via Creative Commons.

This Fourth of July, Americans will come together all over this great Nation of ours to celebrate and be proud of living in the best country in the world. We'll see fireworks, eat home-cooked food, meet with neighbors (old and new), and honor the day we chose to declare our Independence and establish our Nation.

We will remember the words from hundreds of years ago and rejoice...
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.
The best homage to those words - "the consent of the governed" - is to act on them, and our District has a tradition of participation in government that I am proud of having been part of many times. The people of District 31 know what the district needs, and we elect officials to listen and act in consultation with the people. In the spirit of this Fourth of July, I call on all those running for Metro Council in Nashville to make that commitment with me - to listen to and proactively work with the people, so that the governed can truly consent to what is being done in our name and in our neighborhoods.

America's form of government is unique, and we celebrate not only with fireworks, but with our presence, our vote, and our voice.

Blessings to you and your family on this day.

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