The following letter was received from Patrick McGrady, a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates in District 34A.
Governor O’Malley’s State of the State address provided me with an interesting insight into the view of government in Maryland.
There were several issues of concern in this speech, but the biggest was in the conclusion of the speech where Marvelous Martin expressed that government is the answer to the question of how to “create greater freedom,” among other things.
Government does not create freedoms. The United States Declaration of Independence says that the citizens of the United States are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” Even our own Maryland Declaration of Rights says “We, the People of the State of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty…”.
The purpose of government is to defend the freedoms of the citizens. Every elected official, when sworn in, promises to uphold these documents. I encourage all of our elected officials to consider what it means to be free before working to create new laws and regulations that limit freedoms.
The State of the State address can be found below: