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"Independence Day - Believe in America!"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 19 January 2018

Last Updated 19 January 2018



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Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays of the whole year. But before jumping into the 3-day weekend, I want to take a moment to express why this day commemorates an event so rare in human history.  


To learn about the risks and sacrifices of our Founding Fathers, I’ve included Paul Harvey’s narration of The Signers of the Declaration of Independence. It tells you “the rest of the story” for the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence and promises to leave you with great admiration for what they endured next to secure our freedom.


In the next section, I have also left a personal note to my girls. It is no secret that America is experiencing difficulty in finding its way. My goal is to give my girls a reason to believe why our best days as a nation are ahead of us with their help and leadership.


Happy Independence Day! Enjoy it, but stay humble. This country is truly a gift given to us by others who have sacrificed.

God Bless,


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 Letters From Your Father –

”Believe in America!"

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this last, best hope for man on Earth or we’ll sentence them to take their last step into a 1000 years of darkness.”


Excerpt from Ronald Reagan’s Speech “A Time for Choosing”
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Dear Girls:

How do you see America today? It’s probably something you don’t think about much yet. However, this is an important question for you to consider because someday America will be handed over to you to preserve for the next generation.

Here is where we are at today. As I write, there are 10.5 million people out of work with millions more taking on multiple jobs to earn a living wage. Individuals receiving supplemental nutrition assistance (food stamps) have grown from 17 million people in 2000 to over 46 million people today. Young people are saddled with $1.1 trillion dollars of college debt (over 11% in delinquency or default) with few jobs that match their skills. Total consumer debt in the US is $11.7 trillion. We are attempting to expand access to our healthcare system, yet the number of healthcare service providers continues to shrink while costs skyrocket. Instead of growing our economy, our politicians are focused on dividing us into small special interests groups and determining how to “fairly” distribute a shrinking pie. We are retreating from our leadership role on the global stage, which is destabilizing the world and has further emboldened dictators and terrorists.

People are understandably scared. Belief in ourselves and the “American Dream” is falling. But, here’s the good news. It does not have to be this way. I know this to be true because in my lifetime I experienced the philosophy, leadership, and vision of Ronald Reagan. Let me tell you a little bit about him.

Initially a Democrat, Ronald Reagan started his career in radio in 1932 and acting in 1937. In October 1945, Ronald Reagan, Gene Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn faced what was known as Hollywood's Black Friday. It was a brutal attempt by Herb Sorrell leader of the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU) and Soviet spy to gain a communist foothold in what is still the most powerful information medium in the world. Sleeping with a revolver in his nightstand, fearing for his family’s safety, and dealing with constant death threats, Ronald Reagan learned early that some enemies cannot be negotiated with and must be dealt with directly.

After successfully turning back this attempted takeover, Ronald Reagan was elected President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and later transitioned into a life in politics as a Conservative. He grew to be more reliant on faith and possessed a deep disdain toward Communism as well as our growing government seizing more power from its people. In his speeches, he often referenced the “heroes’ we see everyday in our families, workplaces, communities, and our places of worship. Just like our Founding Fathers, Ronald Reagan understood that a centralized federal government is needed; however, we should always challenge how much power is truly necessary for it to fulfill its responsibilities. History is ripe with examples of how concentrated power held by an elite few absolutely corrupts. Even a constitutional republic is not immune to human nature.

I did not see the Ronald Reagan of the 1950s or 60s but instead was exposed to him at his prime as President of the United States. Similar to today, he inherited an America with high levels of unemployment, debt, and a weakened state of confidence after the Vietnam War and the Iran Hostage Crisis. In the first 2 years of his presidency, the country went into another recession, causing further fear and despair. By 1984, he and his administration negotiated and implemented policies that later led to the greatest economic expansion seen in our time. From an international perspective, his secret partnership with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II counterbalanced the emerging threat of the former Soviet Union and helped end the Cold War. At the risk of oversimplifying, Pope John Paul II offered peace while Reagan and Thatcher represented strength with their words and actions.

This is just a very brief introduction to the leader who, besides my parents, was instrumental in shaping how I see the America. It was this belief in America that dared me to be something more. And for this Independence Day, I want to provide you this same gift of belief that has helped me so much.

As something to think about, let me leave you with one of President Reagan’s most famous quotes:

“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, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” 

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Girls… Believe in America. Believe in God. Believe in yourselves. Believe that no matter what is thrown at us, we are capable of solving the problem without selling our conscience, our liberties, or our souls! Americans thrive because of our ability to innovate, adapt, and overcome adversity. We are an exceptional nation when we dare to believe in each other, stand for justice, and are loyal to a higher moral authority. But, this does not happen on its own. It requires commitment and work to live our values and be worthy of the gift of freedom passed on to us.

Live the “American Dream.” Set the example for others to follow. And most of all, stay committed to the vision of creating a more perfect union. Believe in America, girls and help future generations accomplish wonders.


Love You Forever,




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