Rick Santorum

Many thousands of you have supported us, and we will continue to fight. But rather than use our pen for this weekly column, we're going to be using our feet and our voices more going forward. We'll use our feet to cover as much of the country as we can to meet you and listen to you. And we'll use our voices to take your message back to Washington and out into the media so that you, too, can be heard. With the resources we have, we need to make every minute count -- and this is the best way for us to do our work going forward.

We're at a critical time in our country. There are many big issues being debated right now -- the proper size and role of government, the size and capabilities of our military, the definition of marriage and family, and the true meaning and importance of our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Now more than ever, we need to focus our efforts, resources and message and win these arguments. We can't afford to let up. So that's what Patriot Voices will be doing.

As another Fourth of July holiday approaches, we'll celebrate the original American patriots -- those great men and women who fought for our independence against tyranny. They are the ones who established this great country and defined who we are as Americans. We must protect these freedoms they established and articulated in the Declaration of Independence:

"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."

That's what it's all about. And that's what Patriot Voices is all about. So though you won't read us here anymore, you will see us out there, and we look forward to listening to you and carrying your message. God bless and happy Independence Day!

Rick Santorum

Former Senator Rick Santorum is the author of Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works.

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