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Lynn v. Sekulow

Barry, you and I often disagree on a variety of issues that focus on the interpretation of our constitutional rights.  But, I am sure you’ll agree that as we once again celebrate our nation’s independence, this is the perfect time to reflect on the underpinnings of our freedom – the Declaration of Independence and the other foundational documents that make up the framework of our republic.  

It seems more and more people are taking a moment during their July 4th holiday to pause and focus on the Declaration of Independence – even an increase, according to the Associated Press, in the number of people who are reciting the historic document at holiday celebrations. 

The words that Thomas Jefferson wrote 233 years ago still are repeated across America today: “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 . . .”  

The Declaration of Independence has special meaning in places like Ellis Island, New York – the entryway for so many – including my grandfather – who came from other countries to call America home.

In the words of one volunteer who sees to it that the Declaration of Independence is read aloud in one New York community where immigrants gather:  “It causes us to stop and reflect about who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going.  It’s not j ust a day off of work. It’s a day we can enjoy because people gave their lives for us.”

I am grateful for our many freedoms in this country. And, I am grateful for the men and women of our military who defend and protect these freedoms.

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