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.