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Declaration of Independence Tulalip

I have been made aware of the fact that the Constitution and Bill of Rights mean very little without the Declaration of Independence. The purpose of the government that our forefathers created is to protect those God-given rights outlined in the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence state's plainly "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights and that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness ... Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world … with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine providence." The words of William Penn, "Those who are not governed by God are ruled by tyrants," should inspire thought in all of us.

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are very noble pieces of work conceived by those brought together by divine providence, our forefathers. More and more only the vulnerable have respect for these documents. Perhaps "governed by God" is not instilled in those we elect to lead us because the words of the Declaration of Independence are not in their belief system.

The close relationship between the Constitution and Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence must be restored.

Hugh Fleet

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