Editor’s Note:  To my surprise, last night while hoping to wrap the news articles and announcements; I received the following editorial piece from 33rd District Assemblyman Jay Obernolte.  I’ve observed Jay at many (as Mayor) City Council of Big Bear Lake meetings, followed him to engagements when he campaigned, been there in Sacramento, been in the Obernolte Family home and since January of this year, seen the dedication of the Assemblyman, diligently working to represent the best of for all citizens of California as well as lead by example, by living to the fullest as an American.   


A Committee of Five


July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress passed a resolution of independence and tasked a Committee of Five, lead by Thomas Jefferson, with drafting the document to formally declare independence. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was approved and signed by the Continental Congress, which is why 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 I’ve continually had to fight the desire of many to grow the government at the expense of the taxpayers and our liberties.  Freedom is a gift we must treasure and protect, and the history we must preserve for future generations.  

As Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

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 239 years ago, our Founding Fathers stood up against tyranny and declared their independence because they believed no government should be able to violate their unalienable rights.  

It is an honor to represent you.  33rd District Assemblyman Jay Obernolte

The All American Family - The Obernolte's 

in the California State Assembly