FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2008
"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object." These words were uttered by Thomas Jefferson, our third President, and they ring even truer today.
As our freedom of expression continues to expand via technological advances that include the web and a multitude of inventions, we must also remember on the Fourth of July that this freedom depends on freedom of the press. It is the newspaper, the television, the electronic media and radio that have stood for years as guards of our precious rights of expression.
On July Fourth, as we enjoy our picnics, parades and fireworks, let's think of the specific freedoms we take for granted. From the colonists who braved everything to liberate this land to today's modern soldier who preserves this freedom, they all have made tremendous sacrifices so that we can enjoy a democracy that engenders personal liberties.
As an elected official entrusted with preserving our democratic form of government, I thank every valiant soldier who has served this country. Thanks to their sacrifices, we enjoy the benefits of a free press and freedom of expression, which enable voters to make choices instead of bowing to a dictatorship.
I will pray for our American troops in battle as we celebrate Independence Day!