While we count our blessings here in America, there are still several challenges facing our great land. Economic growth is slowing as gas prices continue to rise. We must work together to grow jobs and economic opportunities and find solutions to lower energy prices. Slogans and arrogance are not the answers to our problems. American ingenuity has allowed us to rise to meet all challenges in the past and will do so again. But it takes time and we need to work together towards short-term solutions while simultaneously working towards our long-term goals. It’s a tough job, but that's the American way.
In addition to rising to meet our challenges, we must continue to be ever-vigilant in the defense of our own basic freedoms. Big government is not the answer, it's the problem. It is imperative to have a robust Republican presence in the Senate to ensure individual freedoms, such as: the right to choose your own physician; the right to keep your hard-earned money and not have it reapportioned by the government; and your right to know your government is doing everything in its power to protect and defend our nation from aggressors.
Without a robust Republican presence in the Senate, and the unfortunate possibility of Democrat control of the other branches of government, these rights will be in jeopardy. Not to mention the expected payback to Big Labor when Democrats eliminate secret ballot elections, while continuing to slash funding for investigating union corruption. This is not the freedom our Founders envisioned when they risked life and limb to establish our great Republic. And it is not the freedom Americans should have to settle for today. This is not the change we deserve.
America was founded to be the freest nation on earth, a small government deriving its power from the consent of the governed. Today, that freedom is in grave danger as the forces of big government threaten to reign in your freedoms. Democrats continue to believe government is the solution, and they know best for each person. I, along with Senate Republicans, disagree. I believe people know what's best for them and what's best for their government.
America continues to be the greatest country on earth, but the work is never over. As Ronald Reagan said:
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
The fight for freedom is never-ending and the stakes have never been higher. Difficult choices must always be made, and in November the choice is clear, the choice is Republican.
With that, I will end by saying Happy Birthday America, may your greatness shine for many more centuries. Happy Fourth of July to you, your families and friends, and I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday.