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The long hand of history will show its reach Sunday when Sun Lakes United Church of Christ honors four people who can trace their ancestry to the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving celebration.
My fellow Americans, I just finished reviewing my son’s fifth-grade homework assignment on the Mayflower Compact and was explaining to my son that "majority rules" is the basic tenet of our government and its constitution. This got me thinking about our current political climate. There are some cynical elements in our political landscape that constantly engage in obstructive agendas that continue to undermine the majority’s wishes.
In the blockbuster movie “National Treasure” starring Nicholas Cage, the Declaration of Independence was stolen by good guys to prevent the bad guys from stealing it. That’s Hollywood, but truth be known, it’s been stolen again — that and part of the original Constitution.
The United States emerged as an idea and, going back to the Mayflower Compact, our heritage is uniquely enshrined in documents — the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Lincoln’s second inaugural, the writings of Martin Luther King.
About this time 221 years ago, 42 delegates gathered behind locked, guarded doors to complete a document they spent four months creating: The U.S. Constitution. They had convened, under rule of secrecy, to hammer out a framework for a new government, and evidence shows they realized the importance of the work at hand.