This 4th of July House GOP Pledges to Respect Our Fundamental Freedoms

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The United States of America is the largest country in the history of the world. Republicans in the House of Representatives want it to stay that way.

This July 4 marks 246 years since the Founding Fathers declared three self-evident truths: that we are all created equal; that God has endowed us with inalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and that the government derives its powers from the consent of the governed. The founding generation fought to guarantee these principles and successive generations bled to defend them.

As Americans celebrate Independence Day with parades and fireworks, we must recognize what makes our country special. America is great because of the founding ideals and fundamental freedoms first enunciated in our Declaration of Independence and then guaranteed by our Constitution and Bill of Rights.


We should never take these rights for granted. In recent years, Americans have seen how the radical left has worked to erode basic freedoms and the most basic rights of Americans. From freedom of speech to the right to bear arms, nearly every sacred American right is threatened today by woke liberalism. Even the most fundamental right – the right to life itself – is under renewed and more vicious attack from Blue State progressives.

The Statue of Liberty in silhouette.

Democrats seek to erode our rights because they don’t see those rights, or even America itself, as special. Instead, they believe America is a fundamentally flawed country. Just look how President Biden apologizes for America’s actions abroad and lectures Americans at home. Or see how the Democrats push radical propaganda designed to indoctrinate our young people into hating our country.

At every turn, Democrats and the radical left are attacking our rights because they want to radically transform our country and tear down American institutions. They want to reduce the First Amendment and repeal the Second Amendment. Democrats want to fill the Supreme Court with liberal justices, add two new leftist states to give them a permanent majority in the US Senate, and reform how we elect our presidents to shift political power in their favor. It is not difficult to understand why. Democrats don’t trust Americans to govern themselves. That’s why they encourage online censorship of dissenting opinions and set up disinformation committees run by faceless bureaucrats and so-called experts.

Republicans believe in America and its people. We believe in American exceptionalism and the American dream. We understand that Americans have done more to promote freedom and spread prosperity than any other people in any other country on Earth. Republicans know that Americans are generous and tolerant, altruistic and optimistic. And though America is not always perfect, Americans are always striving, in the immortal words of the Constitution, toward “a more perfect Union.”

If the American people choose to give Republicans a majority in the House of Representatives, we will be prepared to take the lead in defending age-old American freedoms and restoring American ideals. Last June, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the formation of a Republican Task Force on the Future of American Freedoms.

Over the past year, my colleagues and I have heard from Americans across the country about what Congress can and must do to protect American freedoms, restore American ideals, and preserve freedoms for the next generation. Our task force engaged in a rigorous investigation that included listening to citizens and stakeholders in 19 meetings and roundtables on topics ranging from the threats of cancel culture to the abuses of the modern administrative state.

Our investigation has clarified specific actions Congress can take to protect fundamental rights and freedoms. Republicans will pass legislation to reaffirm the First Amendment, protecting free speech online and free speech on college campuses. We will act to protect Americans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. Republicans recognize that life is precious, and we will pass legislation to build on the recent Supreme Court ruling to protect the unborn child. We will protect judicial independence — rejecting calls from Democrats to wrap up the Supreme Court — and act to rein in the runaway administrative state. Republicans will move quickly to reaffirm the fundamental right of parents to raise their children as they see fit and Republicans will prioritize school choice legislation.


Republicans will also exercise vigorous scrutiny of the hardline Biden administration. We will fight President Joe Biden’s anti-parent agenda and his administration’s targeting of parents for speaking out at school board meetings. Republicans will hold Biden’s Justice Department and the FBI to account, and we’ll shed light on how partisan actors have abused federal law enforcement to harass political opponents and spy on American citizens. We’ll investigate how the Biden administration colluded with Big Tech titans to suppress conservative views online.


Americans should always remember that our country is special. It is, as Ronald Reagan said so well, “the shining city on a hill”. What makes America unique is also what makes it great: our inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms as embodied in our founding documents. If tasked with governing, Republicans will defend our freedoms and always work to keep America the greatest country in the history of the world.



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