(Extensions of Remarks - February 02, 2018)

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[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 21 (Friday, February 2, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E123-E124]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                            HON. DIANE BLACK

                              of tennessee

                    in the house of representatives

                        Friday, February 2, 2018

  Mrs. BLACK. Mr. Speaker, I would like to include the following into 
the Record.

      Declaration of Mothers: A Proclamation and a Pledge for the 
                    Preservation of Liberty & Virtue

       As the mothers and primary Makers of the Homes of America--
     the molders the future of our nation--we declare that the 
     liberty and freedom of all people begin in the home and that 
     a nation is but a magnified home. The values and virtues 
     taught within the family will determine the values and 
     virtues of the nation as a whole.
       We recognize the sacred role of mother as the heart of the 
     home and home as the heart of society. The liberty of each 
     individual begins in the home and parents are, first and 
     foremost the primary teachers and protectors of their 
     children in a free society. Properly constructed social, 
     religious, and governmental institutions are designed to 
     support and strengthen the family unit not replace it or 
     regulate it. No association or government organization can 
     replace the family no matter how well-intentioned or well-
     designed it may be.
       The privilege of living as a free people in a free society 
     is dependent on being a people of faith, virtue and 
     patriotism--the three pillars of liberty--and these 
     attributes are best developed and nurtured in the home. Each 
     generation has a responsibility to instill a love of liberty 
     and virtue in the heads of the next generation.
       We affirm that ``All men and women are endowed by their 
     Creator with certain unalienable rights and to secure these 
     rights, governments are instituted among men, [receiving] 
     their just powers from the consent of the governed.''
       To secure the blessings of liberty, the Founding Fathers of 
     the United States of America created a written constitution 
     under the inspiration of Almighty God. The preservation of 
     this sacred document and trust is dependent upon each 
     generation, who bears the stewardship of safeguarding the 
     constitution and teaching their children the rights and 
     responsibilities associated with the noble cause of liberty 
     and keeping the Republic.
       Every individual is born with intrinsic dignity that is 
     inherent to each member of the human race. All men and women 
     have the right to liberty, self-determination and self-
     governance. The individual's responsibility of work, 
     education, and industry are crucial elements of self-
     governance in society and the preservation of human dignity.
       The rights of a free people are protected and preserved 
     through honorable, virtuous, leadership which invokes the 
     nobility inherent in all men and women. Successful leaders in 
     the home and family govern by correct principles, teach by 
     example and stand for self-evident truths and liberty 
     sustaining principles.
       As the lessons of history clearly demonstrate, we recognize 
     that freedom is fragile. It is a rare and prized possession 
     and requires constant care and vigilance for its 
     preservation. Living as a free people does not come 
     instinctively; principles of freedom must be studied and 
     applied. Home and families with mothers who nurture and teach 
     these principles produce leaders who honor and hold sacred 
     the intrinsic dignity of the individual and inalienable 
     rights endowed to all people.
       To safeguard the liberty and enhance the future of our 
     children and grandchildren, we affirm our commitment to 
     ``stand fast in that liberty wherewith God has made us free'' 
     that ``government of the people, by the people, and for the 
     people shall not perish from the earth.''

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       Declaration of Independence.
       Galatians 5:1.
       Gettysburg Address.