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Art By: George Ortiz

Our Declaration of Independence

Posted on : 06/30/2017

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, please keep in mind the message and importance of the words in the declaration which are celebrated on this day.

Is was on July 4, 1776 that Congress approved the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.  In this declaration, this statement has become predominant:

“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 form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

The Declaration of Independence signaled a MOVEMENT that framed the purposes and belief system of this nation.  The MOVEMENT was driven forward on behalf of “…all men…” and does not distinguish any parties as not included in the MOVEMENT.

For the past week, we have heard of the intents of some legislators to frame a debate around the use of federal funds, through Medicaid, by creating distinctions between those who deserve to be included in the MOVEMENT and those who should be not included.  The Medicaid debate, as framed in the proposed Senate version of the healthcare bill, clearly suggests that the elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged are not as worthy as the wealthy who need tax relief by removing financial supports for health care and long-term care.  This is not consistent with the message in the Declaration of Independence. 

Our founders made it clear that we must commit our governmental powers, institutions, and resources to provide for all people in our nation, not just some!

The Senate may have delayed the vote, but the debates continue.  We must demand that our Senators and Congressional representatives support ALL PEOPLE and stop the cuts in Medicaid to advantage only a few.  Make sure you continue to send your comments and stories to our legislative leaders and tell them to live up to the Declaration of Independence. 


My best wishes for a safe and happy holiday,

Richard P. Swierat, Executive Director


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