"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July message from Governor Rick Perry

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, it’s useful to recall that the day commemorates our nation’s declaration of independence from a distant, overbearing government.
Tired of years of interference in commerce and restriction of their freedoms, our forefathers took a bold stand in the name of freedom. Here in 2011, some 235 years later, we find ourselves, again, dealing with an overreaching government whose regulations stifle job creation, whose policies take away individual freedoms and whose profligate spending endangers our children’s future.
As proud citizens of the democracy formed in 1776, we don’t need to rebel to bring about change, we need merely exercise our rights guaranteed by the Constitution. So, as you reflect on the remarkable nation that grew out of the bold proclamation on that historic day, know that we have the power to bring about its restoration.
I believe it depends on a return to the values that made our nation great, that reflect an unshakeable belief in the potential of every person, that have proven so effective throughout our history. I speak, of course, of conservative values.
True conservatives value human life, crave opportunity and exercise fiscal discipline in their home, businesses and governments.
True conservatives defend the weak and take up for those who can’t defend themselves.
True conservatives value peace, but understand its price. I hope you will join me in speaking out, in sharing the importance of those values with your neighbors, coworkers and friends, both on your street and across the country.
Together, we can restore what has made America great.

Governor Perry

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