Dear Editor,

Let freedom ring!!!

Founding Father John Adams thought the Declaration of Independence so important that he declared, “July 4th ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion. It will be celebrated … with pomp and parade … bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”

The ring of freedom’s bell rang loud and clear!

It all began with, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are the bedrock upon which our freedoms and our nation are built. Think about it. We believe that every human being is precious and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We hold our freedoms are given to us by our Creator.

If there is no higher authority than the government, our freedoms are forfeit. We know the power to tax is the power to destroy. We know that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Government power grows only by stealing power from free citizens.

The echo of freedom’s bell rings strong among a people educated in the ways of freedom but fades with ignorance and lack of vigilance!

Thomas Jefferson said, “How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!,” and, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best form of government those entrusted with power have, in time, by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

Recently, students and parents at a Colorado high school were outraged after administrators turned down their request for a spirit week day honoring America because it might offend non-Americans.

The ring of freedom’s bell is fading fast!

We the people must remain true to our ideals! Loss of faith in those ideals leaves us open to oppressive government at all levels, especially in our schools.

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in “Democracy in America, Vol. 2,” “When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education . . . the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint . . . It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold . . . they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters.”

Are you feeling the Bern?

Let not our freedoms be Trumped or pilloried by Hillary!

It is time to silence political correctness and let freedom ring!

At 240 years, can you still hear the ring of freedom’s bell? It grows fainter every day – because we let it happen. Only we the people can redeem our founding principles. The question is, do we have the faith and fortitude to do it – to let freedom ring?