To the Editor,

Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago Thursday, thirteen states came together to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was signed by representatives of “Free and Independent States,” and the signers asked to be guided in their actions by the “Supreme Judge of the world.”

With the guidance of their Creator, the founders asserted that “Governments” derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Those ties with Great Britain were broken by the actions of a “tyrannical king”: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”

By this Declaration of Independence, Freedom would replace Tyranny. As we celebrate this Fourth of July, let us resolve to preserve those freedoms for our children, grandchildren, and for generations of Americans yet to be born.

Tom Pauken

GOP candidate for

Texas governor