Happy Independence Day

I hope you enjoy the day with family and friends, but I encourage you to take a moment to think about what we have thanks to the actions of those who came before us.

Many of you may have read the e-mail that has been circulating for over a decade regarding the hardships suffered by many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (Click here to read the text). Like many e-mails of this type, there is some truth and some embellishment in the account of some signers dying alone and destitute, or in captivity.

However, the universal fact is the signers put themselves at risk, as they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to work toward securing independence from the King. The signers knew very well that they could be hanged by the British for treason because of their act of signing the Declaration of Independence. And many of them were captured as prisoners of war. Many lost property and businesses, either by being commandeered by the British Army, or by selling off assets to support the war effort. Some were uprooted from their homes on more than one occasion.

We live a much more comfortable life today, thanks in part to the vision of those who signed that great document. In spite of what’s going on in Minnesota and in our nation, we have a lot to be thankful for.

The comfortable life we live, however, should not lead us down the road to complacency. When the government takes a greater share of our paychecks, we lose a little more of our freedoms. When we become subject to more and more restrictions on what we can do on our own property, we lose a little more of our freedom. When government takes over more and more of private enterprise for the sake of security (think national health care), we lose more of our freedom.

This is a big part of why I’m running for State Representative. I want my children and grandchildren to enjoy an even better Minnesota than I have enjoyed for years. The key to that vision is for the government to get out of the way and give the people the freedom they deserve. Freedom unlocks ingenuity, which leads to prosperity. I want to be a part of the solution that brings more freedom, ingenuity and prosperity to Minnesota entrepreneurs, job providers, and workers. That, more than anything else will secure our future.

Roger Crawford