U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement in honor of Independence Day.

“Two hundred and forty-five years ago, our Founders declared something amazing: Rights come from God, not government. That’s why in America, government is of, by, and for the people. Things can be tough and the work of forming a more perfect Union is never done. But today we can rally around what Frederick Douglass called the saving principles of our Declaration of Independence. Believing we’re all created equal is what makes us Americans. That’s something we’ve got to protect and teach to our kids. So, in celebration of that, let’s fire up the grill, throw some ice in the cooler, and blow up a whole bunch of fireworks. Happy Fourth of July.”