From: Heartland Institute: The Government Relations Team
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Happy Independence Day from The Heartland Institute!
Date: Thu Jul 03 20:14:11 MDT 2014


Happy Independence Day from The Heartland Institute!


“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.”
While Americans will commemorate the birth of our nation with family, fireworks, cold beverages, hot dogs, and apple pie, the reason for celebration must not be lost. We must remind ourselves to remember that America is founded on the principles that all men are created free and equal and possess the same inherent, natural rights. It is a day to remember that this great nation was built on individual freedom, private property, and limited government.
The promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are still alive and well despite the government’s persistent attempts to encroach on more and more of our lives. But we must never become complacent; the assurances of freedom articulated by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence are only as strong as those who defend them. As President Ronald Reagan once remarked, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
For 30 years, The Heartland Institute has been devoted to discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems. We will continue to fight for these principles and hope to be a resource for you moving forward.
The Heartland Institute wishes you and your family a safe and happy Independence Day!


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