Dear friends and neighbors,

I’d like to share with you a quote from the Declaration of Independence that means a lot to me, and weighed heavily in my decision to enter this race.

“…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 abolish it,…”

In this quote from the Declaration of Independence I’ve placed emphasis on some ideas, and I want to say a few things about the quote.

First, we are born with our rights. The Founders and the documents they wrote are all based upon Natural Law, hence the phrase “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”. Too many of US have come to believe we get our rights from the government or the Constitution.
The next point is that the purpose of government is to secure these rights. Unfortunately, it is our government which is abusing and limiting our rights in many ways visible everyday. The tendency of the central government now is to place limits on the law abiding citizen instead of focusing on those who do not obey the laws. Another thought here is on the “consent of the governed”. Certainly there are plenty among US who are not consenting to the size of government, the federal debt we’re setting up for our children and grand children, or the intrusion of government into our lives.

Before I close, I want to share another quote from the Declaration:

“…mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable”.

We, the People, are suffering evils from the central government. And it is our right, and our duty, to alter or abolish it. I believe we can and should do all that we can to alter it, to reduce it’s size, cost, and intrusion, by using the Constitution as it was intended to be used. We begin this peaceably, at the ballot box. Let US declare our independence from the two major parties which have led US into the current condition of government. —Vote for the Constitution on November 4th, I will carry the message to Washington for you.

Freedom & Liberty, for All!

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