Goverment doesn't create freedom

February 04, 2010

Gov. Martin O'Malley's State of the State address provided me with an interesting insight into the view of government in Maryland ("O'Malley's speech sets a hopeful tone," Feb. 3).

There were several issues of concern in this speech, but the biggest was in the conclusion in which Marvelous Martin said that government is the answer to the question of how to "create greater freedom," among other things.

Government does not create freedoms. The Declaration of Independence says that the citizens of the United States are "endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights." Even our own Maryland Declaration of Rights says "We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to almighty God for our civil and religious liberty"

The purpose of government is to defend the freedoms of the citizens. Every elected official, when sworn in, promises to uphold these documents. I encourage all of our elected officials to consider what it means to be free before working to create new laws and regulations that limit freedoms.

Patrick McGrady, Aberdeen

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