A Message From Stephen Labate On Independence Day

Stephen A. Labate is a financial planner and army veteran who is running for Congress in New York's Third Congressional District

Today, citizens across the country are celebrating the 236th birthday of the United States of America. Independence Day is perhaps the one national holiday that truly binds us together as Americans, as it transcends the religious and ethnic differences of our multicultural society. Nearly every American can trace their ancestral roots to relatives who came to the United States looking for freedom and opportunity. This common bond is what makes our country the beacon of freedom that attracts individuals from all over the world.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress of the United States declared independence from Great Britain, and signed the Declaration of Independence. The colonists desired to be free from the crushing burden of taxes and laws imposed upon them by the British monarchy.

They wanted equal justice under the law; not immunity from the law for individuals favored by the government. They wanted an end to state-mandated religion, so individuals would be free to determine their own path of faith. Above all, the colonists believed in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This Independence Day, let us all reflect on the values and principles upon which this nation was founded, and recommit ourselves to preserving and protecting them for future generations.   

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Brian F. Pemberton July 06, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Written by a guy who still lives in his moms basement.
Nassau Taxpayer July 07, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Wow. The troll steps up and confirms he's a REAL keyboard kommando. I'll bet you're the Joker. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It6i483ypNM To put it language you might be able to understand, does mommy know you're using her computer?
2 Turn Tables July 08, 2012 at 11:51 AM
How do we know Brian Pemberton is who he is? And, what's wrong if someone wants to use an alias? I would say "Taxpayer" and "Patriot" are being prudent, whilst Brian is being obtuse. There is a reason why people don't talk about religion and politics in public. This is an avenue where people can speak their mind without reprisal. Some knucklehead, somewhere may not agree with what is said on here, and may result in an inflated quote for home improvements, excluded from a club, athletic endeavor, or civic group, or spoken about in a negative manner at a cocktail party. What's the upside using you're real name? Nothing, no upside, only downside. And Brian has the temerity to bad mouth others? Using his real name? LOL.
jcjc100 July 09, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I like being informed "AmericanPatriot". Just like a t.v. Show.... You don't have to tune in if you choose not to.
Nassau Taxpayer July 09, 2012 at 08:17 PM
No doubt you get all of your "informs" on Faux Snooze...


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