Laurel Heaton: A reminder to hold government officials accountable

July 5, 2013 

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Because of this initial act of rebellion against an unjust and overbearing English king and Parliament, we, as citizens of the United States of America, have the opportunity that few people have ever had in human history, and that is the opportunity to be free.

The Founding Fathers did not want to live under the oppression of tyrannical dictators. After trying unsuccessfully for many years to get England to amend its ways and reason with them, the Americans decided that they needed to cast off the yoke of bondage the English were placing on them, so they could live in freedom.

On this July 4, many people all over the country will be reading the Declaration of Independence at their celebration gatherings. They will be commemorating what our Founding Fathers have done for us and reminding each other that we still need to hold our government officials accountable in order to hold on to the freedoms that our founding documents declare we have.

LAUREL HEATON

Los Banos

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