Happy Independence Day! A message from the Sussex Republican’s Executive Board

Posted on 06-30-2023

Greetings Fellow Republican

A very Happy Independence Day to all and Happy Birthday to our country!   How fortunate we are to live in this wonderful country!  We know that as citizens of this democratic republic, we have truly won the lottery.

We are not naïve enough to believe that everything in the country we love is perfect.  We know there are warts.  But more importantly we know that good people working together and holding fast to our God-given rights will prevail over any obstacles as we continue to work toward a “more perfect Union.” We must keep this fact in our minds and our hearts as we address the challenges facing our country today.   We know that the United States of America continues to be the most successful experiment in democracy ever.  We must hold fast to this notion and teach our children and grandchildren about the promise of America for “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison.

So how should we celebrate our country’s birthday?  Our founding fathers had some ideas:

John Adams thought that “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”

Benjamin Franklin believed “July the Fourth shall forever be a day where the people of this land come together to remember the importance of democracy and the true joy of freedom.”

One of our favorite quotes about how to celebrate the holiday comes from Erma Bombeck.  “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

So have a safe and fun 4th!  Enjoy your families and friends.  Go to a parade; wear red, white and blue; have a picnic and overeat – after all it’s time to be patriotic!

Your Sussex County Republican Committee Executive Board

Marilyn Booker, Chair

Lewis W. Briggs, III, Vice Chair

Hylton Phillips-Page, Treasurer

Betty Bridgeman, Secretary

Michele Forzley, Parliamentarian