Thursday, July 5, 2012

Celebrating Our Freedoms

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our American heritage and the men and women responsible for defending us from tyranny and terrorism. Today’s active-duty military men and women endure harsh desert conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan. These brave men and women also sacrifice time with their families while risking their lives to protect Americans and deter dangerous dictators and groups seeking to prey upon the weak and the oppressed.

On this Fourth of July, I would ask that we all take time to ponder the freedoms that we have and give thanks to those who have contributed to or who continue to contribute to our security and liberty today. We are a nation of free thinkers and courageous lovers of freedom and are so privileged to be able to enjoy the protection of a robust military force. For that we should all celebrate.

We should also celebrate the sure judgment our Founding Fathers, men who were devoted to forming a better nation with never-seen-before ideals of protecting its citizens from the tyranny of an overreaching government. Leaders throughout our nation’s history have worked to improve our government’s respect for its citizens and to lead them through difficult times. I for one am extremely grateful to them.

May God richly bless you  and may you have an excellent Fourth of July weekend!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Tecumseh Lawmaker Deeply Disappointed by Supreme Court Decision

State Rep. Josh Cockroft said today he is deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the federal health care law.
            “Today the Supreme Court basically told Congress and President Barack Obama that any mandate goes, as long as there is a financial penalty attached to it. I am outraged that the Supreme Court would allow the federal government so much power,” said Cockroft, R-Tecumseh.
            “The reality is this: the health care law will result in the largest tax increase in American history. The effect will be disastrous for individuals and businesses alike. This law will give us all less control over our personal health care decisions while driving up costs across the board. This gives the government unprecedented, sweeping power over its citizens, as long as it includes some form of a tax. As an American, I am hurt and saddened by this decision.”
            Cockroft urged Americans to use this difficult period in our history to take control over our government.
            “These decisions today must spark a passion inside every American, a desire to listen and understand the gravity of where this country is headed. We cannot continue to push our problems down the road, but rather we must take a stand for what is right,” said Cockroft.