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 Independence Day

Declaration Of Independence Signers
Celebrating America July 4, 1776
Today, July 4th, we celebrate Independence Day - the 241st birthday of America! We also commemorate those who signed the Declaration of Independence and were willing to risk so much. As they acknowledged:

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

Many of the signers suffered for their actions. Some were hunted, lost homes and property, fled with their families to avoid capture, and had family members captured or killed. Yet despite the high cost, no signer went back on his personal pledge, and America did win its freedom!


 Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth Committee, Austin TX June 14, 1900
When news of the Emancipation Proclaimation reached Texas
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

This was two and a half years after Republican President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation -- which became official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Gordon Granger's regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome resistance from the Democrats running the state.


 Navarro County Republican Women

The next meeting of the Navarro County Republican Women will be:
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Republican Headquarters, located at 111-B West 3rd Avenue, in downtown Corsicana. Social time and lunch begins at 11:30am, with the meeting and program to begin promptly at noon.

Corsicana Police Chief Robert Johnson will be the guest speaker.


 U.S. Senator John Cornyn Meets With Corsicana Business Leaders

U.S. Senator John Cornyn
By Michael Kormos - Corsicana Daily Sun
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined Corsicana Mayor Chuck McClanahan, Navarro County Judge H.M. Davenport, and local job creators Thursday April 13 for a roundtable discussion on legislative issues that affect Corsicana's economy, including trade, infrastructure, labor, and environmental regulation.

"I listened to local business about what they need to continue to grow and prosper," Cornyn said at a press conference after the discussion. "I now have a better understanding of what we can do as legislatures to help ease the burden on these companies."


 Flag Day

U.S. Flag waving
The Real Story Behind Old Glory
June 14th, is Flag Day, commemorating the same day 240 years ago in 1777 when the Continental Congress passed a resolution "that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." Since that time, generations of Americans have celebrated the flag as a symbol of our God-given freedoms and God-blessed nation. In every American military campaign, "Old Glory" has been a symbol of our unique American freedoms and ideals.

Interestingly, "Old Glory" was the name that American merchant sea Captain William Driver placed on the flag that had flown on his ship for years. That American flag became so famous that during the Civil War, Confederates tried to confiscate and destroy it, but were unsuccessful for Captain Driver had sewn it into his bedcover for protection. In 1862, when Union soldiers occupied Nashville, Driver took out his flag and flew it over the state capitol as a symbol that "Old Glory" still stood firm. That nickname is now closely associated with all American flags.

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885.


 Memorial Day History

U.S. Flag
Remembering America's War Heroes
America has a long history of military members who have shown extraordinary courage, with many willingly giving their lives to secure the freedoms our nation enjoys, freedoms we often take for granted. On Memorial Day (originally known as Declaration Day) we honor the sacrifice of these brave men and women.

 A Better Way -- U.S. House Republican Vision For A Confident America

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan -- A Better Way 2016
A Better Way For Tax Reform
We send too much money to Washington, D.C. and too many jobs overseas. In a Confident America, the IRS and the tax code work for people, not against us.

We need a new tax code. It needs to be fair and simle for everyone. It should be so simple that most Americans can do their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.

Our tax code should be built for growth. It should be built for growth. It should help make the United States the best place in the world to hire and invest. And if we're going to have a better tax code, we need a better IRS, one that puts the taxpayers first.

This blueprint offers a better way to dramatic reform -- without increasing the deficit. It does so by promoting growth -- of American jobs, wages, and ultimately the entire economy.


 A Better Way -- U.S. House Republican Vision For A Confident America

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan -- A Better Way 2016
A Better Way To Fight Poverty
If the American Dream isn't true for everyone, it isn't true for anyone. All of us should have the chance to make the most of our lives no matter where we start.

Our country is all about striving, but too many of our people are stuck. Over the years, Washington has made many promises, created many programs, and spent many trillions to fight poverty. Yet today in America, if you are raised poor, you are just as likely to stay poor as you were 50 years ago. The key word here is "stay."

Our welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. Washington measures success by how many programs it creates, not by how many people it helps. The system traps families in a cycle of poverty, shuffling them from program to program instead of helping them break free altogether.


 A Better Way -- U.S. House Republican Vision For A Confident America

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan -- A Better Way 2016
A Better Way To Keep Us Safe And Free
A Confident America keeps its people safe, and keeps the peace in a dangerous world.

Our nation's foreign policy is failing at nearly every turn. From refusing to enforce its red line in Syria, to legitimizing Iran's nuclear enrichment program, to its failed reset with Russia, to cavalierly dismissing the retreat while the most dangerous terrorist organization in history emerged. the Obama administration has experimented with a new foreign policy concept -- leading from behind -- that can now be declared an unambiguous failure.

Our enemies no longer fear us and our allies no longer trust us. Terrorists and rogue regimes are stepping up to fill the void, leading to a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria that is causing the worst refugee crisis in World War II.


 A Better Way -- U.S. House Republican Vision For A Confident America

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan -- A Better Way 2016
A Better Way To Fix Health Care
In a Confident America, everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.

Obamacare is making health care worse by the day. It drives up premiums and deductible costs for individuals, families, and businesses. It forces people off the plans they like. It fuels waste, fraud, and abuse. And it cannot be fixed. Its knot of regulations, taxes, and mandates cannot be untangled.

Obamacare must be fully repealed so we can start over and take a new approach.


 A Better Way -- U.S. House Republican Vision For A Confident America

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan -- A Better Way 2016
A Better Way To Grow Our Economy
A Confident America is the best place in the world to live, work, build things, start a business, and raise a family.

Regulations are important. They help protect our health, safety, and well-being, and provide firm rules for us to live by. But taken beyond their initial purpose -- and to an extreme -- regulations can stifle innovation and infringe upon liberty.

The current system is costly and closed to innovation. In 2015, regulations cost us $1.89 trillion in lost productivity and growth. Put another way, if our regulatory system were a country, it would have the world's 9th largest economy, behind India. Indeed, red tape is an empire in its own right.

There are no limits in the amount of regulatory costs Washington can impose each year. Few old regulations are taken off the books. And where we see new sources of innovation -- from energy to the internet itself -- regulators see new chances for control. Even Congress is complicit, having delegated broad authority to unelected bureaucrats. Regulators can regulate first and never have to answer questions later, while you have little recourse or say in the process. All this adds up to a system that favors established interests -- big government, big labor, and big business -- over hardworking Americans and consumers.


 A Better Way -- U.S. House Republican Vision For A Confident America

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan -- A Better Way 2016
A Better Way To Uphold Our Constitution
In a Confident America, the government upholds the Constitution and works for the people, not the other way around.

Just as the size of government has grown, so has its arrogance. Washington spends money it isn't authorized to spend. It takes power it isn't given. It ignores laws it is required to execute. It doesn't listen, and it certainly doesn't care to learn.

The Founders insisted on a separation of powers to protect our constitutional liberties. But over time, especially in recent decades, the executive branch has collected more power for itself, enabled by a judiciary that defers to the bureaucracy and a Congress that has yielded some its most fundamental duties. James Madison warned that the Constitution is "a mere parchment barrier" unless each branch asserts its powers to keep ultimately comes at the expense of the people, who rightly feel detached from -- distrustful of -- their government.


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