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22 July 2020

Keeping Sight of the American Dream

Written by Senator John Albers

Last month we celebrated Independence Day. Many of our normal celebrations were not held due -to the pandemic. However, we should never lose sight of this monumental time in history. The following is a letter I wrote to my sons, and I forward it to them every year as a constant reminder.

To Will and Ryan,

We are truly blessed to live in our great country. Our founding fathers were divinely inspired men of great wisdom. The ideals and governance they conceived into our republic has led to the greatest nation in history. Our founding principles and historical documents combine to create a unique recipe for success, allowing for independence, freedom, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have the platform, but every person and generation must be accountable and responsible to our cause. Don’t let socialism or fascism ever challenge what we know to be right. There are those who will work hard to do little; you need to work tirelessly and climb mountains!

My values are strongly rooted in my faith and principles. I believe in hard work, accountability, small government, lower taxes, compassion, innovation, serving others, and generosity. You can do anything in our great land – and I challenge you both to be great at whatever you do. Wherever you serve (i.e., business, church, military, government, community, family), do so with tenacity, compassion, and a sense of urgency. Make a real difference in others’ lives, and you will reap the benefits. Help people by giving them a hand up and not a handout because true compassion is doing what is best for others, not what is easiest.

Never settle for the status quo. Rock the boat and innovate when others rest, advocate when others are silent, and remember the priorities of life – God, family, country, and work. Be exceptional at everything and never take “no” for an answer. As a fourth-generation firefighter, I pray you continue our family tradition of “running in when others run out.” Don’t back down from problems or challenges. Be the solution.

One day, the Lord will call me home. When I stand before him, I will be judged. Remember — it is his job alone to judge, not ours. The Lord will hopefully know my “dance card” was full. I worked tirelessly to preserve and protect my life priorities and our founding principles. We will get all the sleep we need in heaven, and I plan to make the most of my time on earth.

Each of you is a leader, no matter the situation or circumstance. Be men of strong character and integrity. When others act foolishly, be professional and a gentleman. It will always pay dividends to you. Keep in mind the legacy of our founding fathers, and one day, I expect your names to be added in the history books with them. Always do more than is expected of you, and remember, it is God’s plan and our free will to implement. You have all the tools and talent you need. I will always be with you.

With unending love and pride,

Dad

About the Author

Senator John Albers

Senator John Albers

Senator John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton county. 404-463-8055, John.Albers@Senate.Ga.gov.