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known; we have used our great power and wealth to help others; we continually challenge ourselves to expand the notion of what is possible and innovate; we embrace the rich diversity of our population; and we have never met a stranger. I am proud to be an American because throughout our history, we have been willing to confront injustice, at home and abroad, and work to make it right. We celebrate our frontier spirit, that prizes individual freedom, and at the same time look after our neighbors. After all, America is the first county to put a man on the moon. One only needs to look up into the night sky for a reminder of the great things that we can accomplish. Together Americans have accomplished so much while recognizing a responsibility to stand up for those in need. As each new generation presents new challenges, I am proud to be part of a country that will overcome any obstacle while ensuring the preservation of the American way of life.

more liberty, or freedom, you give the people, the more likely they are to achieve success. This is why Texas continues to lead the nation in fastest growing cities and job growth. As Americans, we are given the privilege to follow our dreams and are allowed to do so without fear of an oppressive government holding us back.

Senator Glenn Hegar Discusses Freedom and Why He's a Proud American with Aubrey

Judge Grant Dorfman Discusses Freedom and Why He's a Proud American with Aubrey

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? SENATOR GLENN HEGAR: Freedom is anyone’s opportunity to achieve their goals without fear of an oppressive government standing in their way. It’s the idea that you get to choose how to run your business, what religion to practice, what moral guidelines you want your children to follow, and many other personal decisions that government shouldn’t be regulating. It is about living in a society without over-burdensome and forced government mandates that try to dictate the details of daily life and instead is when an individual is the sole arbiter of their decisions. In Texas, we have shown that the 28

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? GLENN HEGAR: I am extremely proud of the millions of soldiers that have put their country before themselves, all in order to defend these fought after liberties. Not only have they protected our freedom, they have also fought to defend the safety and freedom of millions all around the world. Our Founding Fathers ensured that everyone is entitled to unalienable rights given to them by God, and no one is allowed to infringe on these rights of ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is because of this that I am proud to be an American and a Texan.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? JUDGE GRANT DORFMAN: Freedom is the natural state of Man, gifted to us by God as a cornerstone of our covenant. Freedom allows us to explore and develop our God-given talent and to become whatever our ability and hard work can conspire to achieve. But like the covenant more generally, our inheritance of freedom entails responsibilities too. The French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau famously wrote of his time that "Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains." As a public official, I try to be mindful always that government should be the servant of the people and never their master. I believe that is what our Founders intended, and the basis upon which they built our Constitution. And I believe that all of us have a special role and duty as citizens to police our government and ensure that it strives always to work within the limits imposed by the Constitution and our laws, so that Ronald Reagan's words remain true: "We are a nation that has a government -- not the other way around." AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE GRANT DORFMAN: I am proud to be an American not just for the blessings of liberty that this birthright has afforded me. I am the grandson of an immigrant who came to this country with no property, no family and no connections, but who suc-

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