After attending two Town Hall meetings and watching countless Town Hall meetings on CSPAN, I?began to wonder what Christ would have thought of the outpouring of hatred toward those favoring health care for the least among us and the cheering for those who spoke out for the moneychangers, the health insurance companies that place profits above people's lives.

The phrase "one nation under God" I had been reciting in the pledge of allegiance for more than 50 years came to mind. I don't remember the Christian principles I learned in Sunday school including Christ defending greed. I was taught that no matter how poor you are, you are never so poor as to justify not lending a helping hand to one less fortunate.

That phrase reminded me of the deep faith of our founding fathers who commissioned the Declaration of Independence to end religious oppression and tyrannical rule, creating these enduring words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights governments are instituted among Men deriving their just power from the consent of the governed.

Those Christian principles were written into the preamble to our Constitution, declaring the fifth reason for "establishing" the Constitution was to "promote the general welfare." I believe that is exactly what the health care debate is all about.

Will we live up to those noble words in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution?

If we are denied that first "inalienable right" endowed by our creator, the right to life, then those noble words and all the words in our founding documents are meaningless.

I believe the time has come for us as a nation to live up to those noble principles and declare independence from the tyranny of those who would place profits above human life and affirm once and for all that we are "one nation under God" where not only the life of the unborn but live of mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters and loved ones, regardless of their station in life, is a right endowed by their creator, not the whims of insurance company beancounters.

Dennis Ducey


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