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If you value freedom, then register to vote

America is all about liberty. No other word is more closely associated with the idea of America as the word “liberty.”

The Liberty Bell is engraved with a passage taken from Leviticus: “ ... proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.”

Every U.S. coin bears the word “liberty.” The word liberty is found in the pledge: “ ... with liberty and justice, for all.” It is foremost in our founding documents.

The Declaration of Independence states: “ ... all men are created equal ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights ... Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In the preamble to the Constitution, one of the stated purposes of the document was: “ ... to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity ... “

The Declaration states liberty is unalienable, a God-given right. Flowing out of the Declaration, the Constitution established a certain kind of government (republic) to “secure the Blessings of Liberty.”

According to the founders, and Lincoln agreed, if the people do not control the government, the government will control the people.

We have the power of the vote and we have the right to use that power to preserve liberty “for ourselves and for our posterity.”

When Benjamin Franklin appeared in public at the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, it is said a woman asked him, “What have you given us, a republic or a monarchy?”

Mr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam — if you can keep it.”

Register to vote if you would keep it.

Allan Erickson

Newberg




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