To the Editor:
With all of the local, national and international unrest, and visualizing what is happening, I started thinking about when our Nation was forming and what was going on. I “googled” the Declaration of Independence, and a small part of the second paragraph, recognizable to most, is worth printing here:
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such a form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Some people say that what the Founding Fathers wrote over 200 years ago is out of date. It has been a long time since most of us studied this in school and we need to look at this again. These men were brilliant!
Is it possible that the unrest in Ferguson isn’t the accumulated result of similar events building up, and the death of someone provided the spark for this revolt?
What spark was it that caused a bunch of people to dress up like Indians and raid the Starbucks of that time, throwing a bunch of tea into the ocean?
What we are witnessing in Ferguson, in some ways, are current day Patriots fed up to the boiling point of how their government is addressing their situation. Aren’t many of us fed up with what we see in our elected officials, but are too busy to voice our opinion, or even vote to change things?
All over the world other people would walk for a day or more across rough terrain just for the opportunity to voice their opinion with their vote. Yet in the United States, in major elections, a big turnout yields barely 40 percent of registered voters.
If our elected officials tell us one thing to get elected, but do something else when the get into office, are we prepared to “dump the tea over the side of the boat”?
We the People have the power to change things with our vote. In our upcoming elections let us bring in a whole new group of people with new ideas.
But to do so you must vote – young, old, rich, poor, all nationalities – you must vote.
We the People must tell our elected officials that they work for us, and if they are not helping us, they are fired!