I will not wish you a happy 4th of July.  I do, however, hope that you will join me in celebrating Independence Day.  It was quite an act of bravery to set pen to paper and declare that you would no longer suffer tyranny from one of the most powerful forces in the world.  Serving freely in the NH Legislature, without fear of persecution or punishment, I am particularly mindful of our brave Continental Army and the citizens who risked their lives and fortunes for this reason, written in the Declaration of Independence:
“He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
I wonder today, how many of us would risk our lives to keep our Representation?  Three men from New Hampshire signed the Declaration of Independence.
Josiah Bartlett had his home burned down by Tory sympathizers.  William Whipple left the safety of his home to serve as a Brigadier General in the NH Militia.  Despite living well as a doctor surgeon, Matthew Thorton became the first President of the NH House of Representatives after we dissolved the royal government.  It is important to remember that, many of the founders lived pretty good lives.  They had nice homes, businesses, and families.  They risked all of that rather than live under tyrrany.  I hope that Americans still would rather live uncomfortably in freedom, than comfortably under tyrrany.

On this 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, remember and be thankful for the people who risked all to make this America.


About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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