Mayor's Message: Things Worth Fighting For

thumb-july-2024-mayors-messageBy Mayor Trent Staggs

America’s exceptionalism derives not from its vast natural resources or the intellect of its people; for other nations are blessed as well with wealth and a people who excel at any measurable merit.

The unique miracle of the United States of America is exhibited in its founding on the principles of individual liberty, private property rights, and on the idea that all men are created equal under the law.

This July we celebrate the men and women who demonstrated the resolve to fight for freedom and the principles that would unleash human flourishing. President Ronald Reagan once remarked how blessed we are “with the opportunity to stand for something – for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.”

All of us are the beneficiaries of our Founding Fathers’ brave actions, and now we are heirs to the responsibility to continue fighting for liberty. This is done primarily through consistent examples in our homes and in collective efforts across America’s neighborhoods.

We first learn to acquire an abiding love of freedom in observing at an early age the examples of loved ones participating in local elections, serving in our country’s armed forces, or simply serving a neighbor in need. I see this in many Riverton families when they teach the next generation that freedom and individual responsibility come hand in hand. It has been said that all of history’s great changes started at the dinner table.

The special kind of courage needed to preserve liberty is developed through community events like Riverton City’s Town Days where the patriotic spirit takes root. In towns like Riverton, Americans young and old come together to renew our devotion to protecting the liberty of our fellow citizens.

The future fortunes of our nation are tied up in our individual efforts to fight for freedom; ensuring all are treated fairly, rewarding an honest day’s work, and exhibiting charity to our neighbors.

May God continue to bless Riverton City and our country with a people determined to preserve our liberty through small and large ways each and every day.

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