Listen to the rights of the people!

June 29, 2020

An open letter to Congress:

“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.”

Do these words sound familiar? At the present time in our nation, they sound as hollow as the cries of the dead from distant graves. The question becomes, do you hear the sound of the people crying out and demanding change? The time has come for us to throw off the covers of complacency and begin a new chapter in American democracy. It is time for all of us to embrace the words of our nation’s Declaration of Independence and begin to truly see and treat all people as worthy and equal!

For this to occur, we cannot allow the social unrest that presently grips our natjon to just subside and wait again for the next volatile incident to awaken us to an injustice that can no longer be hidden under the cloak of apathy. Clearly, we as individual Americans must do our part by changing our own narrow-minded thinking and looking outside the parameters of our own securities to embrace one another as equals (as is the case in the eyes of God).

Even more importantly, however, it is up to our elected officials to act. As representatives of the will of the people of this nation, it is time to see you step up and be the leaders for change!

Clearly define and legislate the path that will demonstrate to the American people how this change will occur! Be visible and unrelenting in your efforts by doing things like starting each legislative session or committee meeting by reciting the words to the declaration given above until that time comes when we have truly obtained its intended meaning! More importantly, speak out, and enact clear and defined legislative change that ends the kind of circumstances (social, economic and legal) that have led us to this division and destruction before it is too late!

Remember also, the often-forgotten paragraph of our Declaration of Independence that states: “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter it’’! Listen to the rights of the people!

Anthony and Nancy Marks
  • A letter to the editor expresses a reader's opinion and, as such, is not reflective of the editorial opinions of this newspaper.

    To submit a letter to the editor for publishing, send an email to Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer.  We reserve the right to edit for content and length.

Subscribe to the Daily Newsletter