We have lost sight of what our founding fathers intended

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

On the Fourth of July, we celebrated our great day of freedom and independence.

It’s a holiday celebrating the first and greatest revolution that championed human rights. It was a human crusade like no other. At a time when monarchs and warlords ruled with iron fists our founding fathers preached the rights of man and equality. Though there were large gray areas then their words were almost as if from a holy book.

These colonial rebels basically preached that we were each other’s keepers. Yet, do we still or have we ever truly exercised what was started on the 4th of July? Have we ever really followed what our great American colonialist leaders started?

True leadership these past years since the Vietnam era has been lacking and if our future survival happens it will be because people started taking care of each other, including politicians and the media, looking for the best solutions or the best true stories for the good of all.

In some respects, the history leading up to the original 4th of July was a courageous time where people helped each other through great efforts. They did not rip each other off or ignore injustice, as politicians and the media do today. Most people’s lifestyles are removed from what our founders intended and our independence is being taken for granted as we focus on our small individual lives!

We state that we want to respect each others rights but who can be innocent when we’re allowing unjust business or personnel affairs to go uncorrected? The Constitution spells out guidelines for independent people to look out for each other.

How many officials can state that they have not manipulated or used well-meaning citizens to further their own ends? How many news people are guilty of not investigating wrongful events that have affected, harmed or cost citizens?

My “costly experiences” in Greenwich since the 1970s have shown disregard for individual contributions. From the Greenwich Point Drop in Center, to the totem pole, building restorations to my civil defense roster and the selectmen’s mobile office, my ideas are ignored.


Jim C. Reilly

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