This past weekend was a special weekend for families, friends and communities to join together and celebrate America. Whether you spent the weekend enjoying a family barbecue, attending a community parade or viewing a fireworks show, I hope you took a moment to remember the heroic actions that have made our Fourth of July celebrations possible.
We are fortunate that our nation is home to so many patriots who dedicate their lives to defending our freedom, securing our homeland and protecting our democracy. Fourth of July marks a time for us to say thank you to these heroes.
Just as important, the Fourth of July marks Independence Day and the birth of our nation. It marks the bravery of our Founding Fathers as they stood up and declared our independence from Britain’s tyranny, adopting one of our nation’s most important documents.
The Declaration of Independence formed the United States of America and established our nation and all Americans as independent and sovereign from Great Britain. This is what ingrained our unalienable rights and established a framework for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
This week, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed one of our sacred rights by ruling to uphold religious freedom and striking down Obamacare’s Health and Human Services mandate as unconstitutional. Every American has the right to live and work free from government overreach, and the HHS mandate clearly violates religious and moral beliefs.
I applaud this decision and Hobby Lobby for taking a stand against the administration’s attack on religious freedom and complete disregard for our Constitution and First Amendment rights. The government has no business in your personal or health care decisions, and I remain committed to defunding, repealing and replacing Obamacare and protecting Americans from all aspects of this harmful law.
While part of our forefathers’ vision included freedom and opportunity for all Americans, another part included a limited federal government. This vision is laid out in our Constitution, which created three branches of government and a unique set of checks and balances. These checks and balances ensure that one singular branch of the federal government does not become too powerful and that all branches remain responsive to the will of the people.
In another monumental Supreme Court decision last week, all nine justices unanimously ruled that President Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board without Senate confirmation were illegal and unconstitutional. This was a victory for all Americans who are fed up with the president’s blatant disregard for the separation of powers among our branches of government.
I am hopeful that this is a step in the right direction to rein in executive overreach and safeguard our forefathers’ vision of checks and balances.
Independence Day reminds me that I ran for Congress so I could fight for the people of North Carolina’s 8th District so that Washington’s bureaucrats are accountable to your concerns and your needs. Like so many of you, I felt like our government was not listening to us and Washington was at a standstill, paralyzed by partisanship and politics.
Our federal government should look to our Founding Fathers and, just as they did, put the interests of the country first and get things done by working together so that our nation will continue to prosper and endure as one.
As representative of North Carolina’s 8th District, I will continue the fight each and every day to preserve and protect your freedoms and the America that our forefathers envisioned.
U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-Concord, represents North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District. The district includes all of Richmond County.