Nearly 250 years after our nation was founded, we have once again been engaged in a battle that has changed our way of life. This Fourth of July, we are finally on the verge of winning this battle.
I know I speak for many of you in expressing the renewed appreciation for the freedoms that we had previously taken for granted. The freedom to visit friends and family, the freedom to enjoy a meal at our favorite restaurant or to shop in our favorite store, and the freedom to be safe and healthy in our communities.
While this past year has been difficult — unspeakably difficult for those of us who have lost a loved one or friend during the pandemic — it has also shown how fortunate we are in the United States to have the best and brightest scientific minds in the world, many of whom work right here in Chester County. With vaccination rates in the 90’s and one of the lowest rates of transmission in the country, we have seen first-hand the freedom that follows when you believe in science, facts, and the truth.
As we remove our masks to enjoy the celebration of our independence, let’s not forget what got us to this point. While we’ve seen success here at home, we, as Americans, have more work to do to defeat this virus. Those of us who call Chester County home are in a position to lead by example. After all, the Fourth of July is about us all coming together as one nation to help each other achieve a common goal.
So this weekend, let us celebrate American independence, American ingenuity, and our shared American values, and then next week, let’s roll our sleeves up and get back to work. We have a country to defend, principles to stand up for, and a Democracy that needs to be protected. I am proud of what we’ve achieved here so far, but just as our forefathers weren’t done when they signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, we aren’t done yet either.
Chair, Chester County Democratic Committee