Congress must heed Constitution

November 13, 2007 11:00 pm

To the editor:

It is tragic that so few Americans understand what the founders of our nation gave us. Therefore, we have allowed the federal government to erode many of our constitutionally protected rights. Go to www.thenewamerican.com for details. Search: restoring rights.

On July 4, 1776, the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence stated: "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 happinessĀ˜that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

Here, we have the basics of Americanism: 1. People are born with natural or God-given rights to life, liberty, and property. 2. People created the federal government and granted it limited powers for the sole purpose of helping to protect their rights. Both the people and the government must obey the U.S. Constitution. Founded on these principles, the United States became the greatest nation in history.

Unfortunately, much that the federal government does today is unconstitutional. We the people need to contact Congress to make it obey our Constitution.

John A. Clibourn

North Hills, Calif.