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July 4 is a time to re-affirm our independence. As the holiday which recognizes our original notice of independence from England and desire to unite the 13 colonies in becoming a nation, it is time to reflect on where we now stand.

We have gone from ridding the United States of foreign dominance and trade dependence to over-dependence on government and trade deficits.

Terrorists have attacked our “homeland,” embassies and military installations abroad. They, and countries who sponsor and protect them, continue to exist despite our funding of the sponsors and military intervention. Though we are a key member of the “Global Community,” we’re on our own in these conflicts and the cost in American lives and resources continues and terrorism increases.

War is not a humanitarian endeavor. With just cause, following 9/11 we should have been in it to “win” it by whatever means available and applicable.

The “War on Poverty” transitioned into current recession and growing division between “haves and have-nots.” At the present, the “war” on joblessness consists of feeble skirmishes between states toward luring existing jobs to relocation. Thousands of homes remain empty throughout all states due to foreclosures by banks who continue to prosper and offer little help or hope for those victims of mortgages that would make a loan-shark blush. By and through elected representatives and those appointed to direct and provide oversight, we let this happen. It’s time for deeds; the essential words were written in 1776.

This July 4, let’s remember who we were, where we are and the spirit of independence. That will return us to who we want to be. We can no longer tolerate indifference to the realities that surround us. Let “partisanship” for the United States and our intended way of life be foremost, as we celebrate this greatest of national birthdays.

This is why I’m running for the N.C. 1st District congressional seat. Let’s get America back on track to independence and prosperity for all.

Arthur Rich is a former Garland resident who is the Republican candidate for the 1st District congressional seat from North Carolina.

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