Diane Grendell: We need unity for this Independence Day

July 4, 1776, was a new beginning for the individuals in the American Revolution to declare freedom from Great Britain’s rule – those individuals who founded and established the United States are Americans, just like you and me.

I believe saying that we are all Americans is so important this year as our state and nation have faced unprecedented obstacles like never before.

As Ohioans and as Americans, we rallied together to properly adapt to our new challenges. Countless times throughout our nation’s history we have risen to the challenges of the times and conquered them effortlessly – for this tenacity is engrained in our blood as descendants of patriots.

Across Ohio and the globe we have seen many people protesting in the name of criminal justice and law enforcement reform. In some cases, we have seen political tensions rise on both sides as it has resulted in unfortunate violence across our nation’s cities and has instilled further divisions among our citizens.

To quote one of our founding fathers during the Revolution and first president of the United States, George Washington, he once said:

“Perseverance and Spirit have done Wonders in all ages.”

No matter the struggling times we are all facing, we all – together – as Americans will persevere.

It’s time that we significantly reflect on our communities and nation on this July 4 to understand that we are all one nation, as the Declaration of Independence marked the inception and later was solidified within the most updated documents that establish all of our rights and the United States itself. This declaration was not a simple rhetoric piece – it was a document that fledged a birthing nation into its war for freedom, self-governance, and a promising future.

As one nation, as Americans – it’s time to come together rather than be torn apart.

Violence and divisions must end. Civility and understanding must be pursued.

Disagreements will occur, but discussions and solutions must win.

As Abraham Lincoln said – “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.”

Now more than ever, we need unity for this Independence Day.

-State Representative Diane Grendell, 76th Ohio House District

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