House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in advance of Independence Day 2009:
“Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, America’s Founding Fathers issued the Declaration of Independence. In standing against the tyranny of what was then the most powerful empire in the world, the 56 signers of that document unleashed revolutionary ideas that are affecting the course of human events to this very day. In addition to declaring a separation from Great Britain, the Founders also affirmed their belief ‘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.’
“Today, as we celebrate America’s birth, let us also remember that the precious liberties we enjoy have been defended by many generations of patriots guided by the ‘Spirit of ’76.’ On this day, we say a grateful ‘thank you’ to all veterans and all troops serving in uniform. It is only because of their faith and sacrifice that we are free.
“Let us also remember and pray for those around the world seeking to establish the vision of the Founding Fathers: that governments derive the power ‘from the consent of the governed.’ May they one day find freedom, and may America always remain the preeminent symbol of liberty.”
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