To the Editor,

It was on June 7, 1776, a little over a year after the battle of Concord and Lexington that started our war of independence, that Richard Henry Lee proposed to the Continental Congress that the 13 colonies declare their independence from England. A committee was formed to draft a declaration to that effect and the final draft was submitted to the delegates on July 1. After two days debate, on July 2, the Congress officially declared their independence. On July 4, the declaration was officially adopted and finally signed by the delegates almost a month later on Aug. 2.

Thursday, we celebrated the 237th year of that adoption, and much has transpired in our country during those years. We developed into the freest people the world had ever witnessed, and as a result of that freedom, became the most prosperous, powerful and envied country in the history of mankind. American exceptionalism became the description by which we were known.

In most of my essays I address the many problems and threats confronting us at this present time, but this week I want to encourage us to reflect upon what’s right and positive about our country. Are we in dire straits? Yes. Do we face a perilous future? Most definitely. But tell me of any other nation in which you would rather be a citizen? Look around the world and see the misery, tyranny, and economic despair faced by most of the world’s population, and give thanks that you are an American, living in the United States of America.

I know it is hard not to be pessimistic about our future, but remember this — 237 years ago, our forefathers faced the greatest army and navy of their time with a ragtag volunteer militia, no navy to speak of, little funding and only about a third of the populace supporting their drive for independence. They weathered one military defeat after another, catastrophe upon catastrophe, yet they persevered, never losing sight of what Patrick Henry was later to call “the greatest of all earthly blessings,” the “precious jewel” of liberty.

Today, that jewel may appear to be in jeopardy, but our forefathers overcame their hurdles to grasp that jewel and so can we. After all, we’re Americans — it’s what we do — we win!

Frank Kuchar

GOP Congressional candidate

Arlington, Texas