​  A Resolution of Independence


On July 2nd, 1776 the Continental Congress passed a resolution of independence and tasked a Committee of Five, lead by Thomas Jefferson, with drafting a document to formally declare independence from the British Monarchy. On July 4th, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was approved and signed by the Continental Congress, which is the reason that we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th

The Declaration of Independence listed 27 grievances against King George III and it asserted in its preamble, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  This was the first time in the history of the world that citizens declared that Rights were granted not from the government or the king, but were granted from God.

Today, the rights our Founding Fathers seized from the British are constantly under siege from another encroaching government that looks to tax and regulate us more and more every day - our own! 

In my time in Sacramento, California, I’ve continually had to fight the desire of many to grow government at the expense of the taxpayers and our liberties.  Freedom is a gift we must treasure and protect, and the legacy that we must preserve for future generations. 

As Enlightenment Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, "We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost."

So, while we celebrate today with our families and attend BBQ’s, parades or firework shows, please remember the historical context of today.  Remember, that 240 years ago our Founding Fathers stood up against tyranny and declared their independence because they believed that no government should be able to violate our human right to freedom.

It is an honor to represent you.



   Assemblyman, 33rd District