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Founders’ goal: ‘the public good’

July 5, 2011

I love this time of year when communities join together for parades and picnics during the day…followed by awe-inspiring displays of fireworks at night.

Also inspiring for me is the courage of our Founders, who dared to stand up to a monarch when such a thing just wasn’t done.

Not only did they dare to confront King George III, but they also listed their grievances in ink and signed the document…so there would be no doubt about whom England should hang if the former colonists lost their fight with England.

What did they want?  Did they seek freedom from government? No. They wanted a government that was responsive to them. Did they complain that the private sector didn’t have enough freedom? No. They sought “the public good”.

Here is the text of first grievance against King George that Thomas Jefferson penned in his most famous document, known today as The Declaration of Independence: “He has refused his assent to laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”

The American Colonists sought “the public good” and wanted “wholesome and necessary” laws toward that goal.

In the late 1960s, the Fifth Dimension, a well-known singing group, sang a portion of the Declaration of Independence…and it was considered controversial.

Refreshed by our celebration of Independence Day, may we remember that our country was founded by courageous people who sought “the public good”.

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2 comments

  1. Amen. That’s the first word that came to mind when I read your post.


  2. Thanks, Sharon.



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