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Al Mercer

Brevard, NC




Liberty and justice 

To the editor: America’s Founding Fathers recognized that individuals, acting out of their own self-interests, could inflict damages and pain on a society’s majority. But they also recognized that the majority, acting as an undisciplined crowd, could tyrannize the individual.

The Constitution and the federal republic they fashioned for America provided protections for both possibilities. Departing Independence Hall in Philadelphia when the Constitutional Convention ended, Ben Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created.

His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Since the founding of America, most Americans have lived by the motto “live and let live.” As the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution promised, they have pursued happiness in their own distinct manner but understood that others had the right to their own destiny. When their views clashed, they expected and trusted the courts to settle their differences and they lived with the courts’ verdicts.

No matter your political leanings or your circumstances, please take the time to recognize that liberty and justice live side by side in America and how fortunate we are to have a republic that has maintained them for more than 200 years. 

Al Mercer, Brevard