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Freedom, Independence, and the Enduring Spirit of Accountability

by Missy Hanks, Executive Director

This month, Americans gather to celebrate the Fourth of July—a day synonymous with freedom, independence, and the enduring spirit of accountability. Independence Day marks the birth of a nation formed through revolution and founded on the principles of liberty and self-governance. It symbolizes the triumph of individual rights over tyranny, and the courage to chart a new course guided by the belief in inherent human dignity. Embedded in this celebration lies a profound concept often overlooked: accountability.

Accountability, in the context of Independence Day, extends beyond mere acknowledgment of historical events. It encompasses a responsibility to uphold the values upon which our nation was built—equality, justice, and opportunity for all.

As we gather with family and friends to commemorate this day, I invite you to reflect on what freedom truly means. It is not simply the absence of external constraints, but the presence of opportunity and the responsibility to use it wisely. Systemic dependency robs an individual of this freedom. We must measure our efforts to ensure that we provide opportunities for freedom and not dependency.

Our celebration of freedom must be tempered with a commitment to accountability in all aspects of our lives. It means holding ourselves and our leaders accountable for upholding the principles of the Constitution. It means actively participating in our democracy, exercising our right to vote, and advocating for policies that promote equality, justice, and accountability.

Moreover, accountability requires us to confront the challenges facing our nation with courage and determination. It demands that we work together to build a society where every individual can thrive, regardless of their background or circumstances, with accurate and effective support.

On this Fourth of July, let us celebrate not only the freedoms we enjoy but also the responsibilities that come with them. Let us renew our commitment to a more just society where every person is valued and allowed to thrive. As we watch the fireworks illuminate the sky, this may serve as a reminder of the enduring spirit of a nation built on the principles of freedom, independence, and accountability.


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