C.B. Embry, Jr.: LEGISLATIVE COLUMN
Every Day Should Be a Celebration of Our Independence, Living in a Free Nation
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2014) – We are only a few days away from marking the 238th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, when a young nation stood up against the oppression of the British Monarchy and sought to create a country ‘for the people, and by the people.’
While July 4th is a time for us to reflect on the formation of the United States and the ups and downs of remaining the one true free nation in the world, we must sometimes wonder if the meaning of the day gets lost in cookouts and fireworks.
Since that day when our forefathers gathered together to sign the declaration and lay the foundation upon which our country was built, we have fought to expand the principals of freedom to those seeking a better way of life, both inside and outside our country.
Inside our own borders we fought an internal battle for the idea that all men should be free. Kentucky native and one of our greatest Presidents, Abraham Lincoln put that idea into action with the approval of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, which was the first step toward eliminating slavery and culminated 100 years later with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On July 2nd our nation will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the signing of this historic legislation.
Outside our borders the United States has joined other nations in combating those who will persecute and murder innocent people as part of their own agenda. From the farm fields of France, to the beaches of Iwo Jima, and the mountains of Afghanistan our sons and daughters have fought and died to preserve the freedoms we so often take for granted and opening the doors of freedom to others around the globe.
What we must always keep in mind, not just on the 4th of July but every day is the blood, sweat and tears our nation has shed as we grow and struggle with our own ideas of freedom. It is something we must never take for granted as our great nation remains a beacon of hope for others around the world who wants to live in a land ‘for the people, and by the people.’
I welcome your comments and concerns on any issues throughout the year impacting our Commonwealth. I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181, or you can contact me via e-mail at [email protected]. You can keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov.