To the editor:
I would like to thank the Gloucester Daily Times for printing the Declaration of Independence in your Fourth of July edition. The sad thing is I wonder how many readers really took the time to read the entire document.
So many Americans actually have no idea why the document was formed and what it really means in their lives. I even blame myself; I had to reread it since it’s been a while. I mean, how many of us really take the time to read the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights on regular basis?
It was good to see that there is a reading of the Declaration of Independence in Rockport every July Fourth. We have to be honest with ourselves as a nation, and in this current generation that individual freedom and independence from government has gotten lost recently. We also have to realize the sad fact that many Americans really take those three founding documents for granted. How many in today’s generation really realize the freedoms and liberties guaranteed to them by these documents?
Just call me an old softy for the proper education of American history of our children and even adults! Being a free person on the Fourth of July doesn’t mean that you’re entitled to freedom or any of the benefits that come with it. These three documents are the firewall of our government and its citizens. They don’t provide our government with immense power but with limited power. The Bill of Rights continues that by swaying the balance of control to the people instead of elected officials. It’s too bad that many today believe that their rights are given to them by the government instead of being alienable or by God.
It’s a shame that we live in world where many will not pledge allegiance to those three documents and their principles while at the same time being given so many things by our government. The truth should be that I am a free man and I control my own destiny in America without government interference or meddling. But we all know that is not the case.
We all should know that these three documents do not provide for a government whose sole purpose is to make everything “fair” for all. They only provide the basis that we are born equal and with an equal shot to excel and be successful. In no way do they provide for “providing a fair playing field for all.” These three documents provide individual freedoms and liberties from tyrannical governments and even a “supreme” court which today has become just another branch of a law-making Legislature. They guarantee that I can still believe, and have the say, in anything that I want in society, regardless of what those in the black robes say I have to believe.
I hope the Times publishes all three documents in paper in the future as at least one way of educating the masses of what blessings they sometimes seem to take for granted nowadays.