As we celebrate the Fourth of July, I encourage all Texans to take a moment to reflect upon what was at stake in that Philadelphia meetinghouse some 237 years ago, when a group of revolutionaries gathered to indict a tyrant and declare their independence.
The notion that this band of enlightened colonials would take a stand against the mightiest empire the world had ever known is bold and courageous in itself. That they would do so in the name of a radical, novel concept of liberty is astounding.
And for us today, the heirs of their labors, it is humbling.
On that day in 1776, autocracy began its long retreat into history as a new conception of governance – one striving for freedom and self-rule – went on the march.
Our founders recognized that liberty, endowed by our Creator, is the birthright of all mankind.
Today, as we gather with friends and family, we give thanks for the sacrifices that countless Americans have made over the generations to guard this right and see to it that it is fully realized by all citizens.
As we mark this day, let us recommit ourselves to America’s founding ideals.
Our experiment in self-governance will always bring new challenges and fresh debates.
At times these debates will be loud and raucous as sincere ideologies clash.
But we must never lose sight of our common love of country and the fundamental truth that we are all each others’ equal.
Texans are no strangers to the high cost of protecting the revolutionary ideals handed down to us by our founders.
The Republic of Texas was born in a revolution of its own, and with over 100,000 members of our armed forces calling Texas home, our state has long been on the frontlines of liberty.
May God bless you and yours on this special day, and may he continue to bless Texas and the United States of America.
Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance and Judiciary Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.