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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Declaration of Independence ignored

Many — especially, it seems, judges — appear to consider Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence merely a statement.

But as Andrew P. Napolitano points out in "Jefferson is weeping" (Commentary, July 5), the Declaration of Independence is the law of the land. It is in the U.S. Code Annotated, preceding the Constitution of the United States.

The Declaration, with its Creator-endowed life and liberty, is the moral foundation; the Constitution is the structure built on that foundation.

In bypassing the Declaration of Independence, it appears judges and others have used their godless interpretations of the Constitution as weapons to crumble the morality of the nation.

On the Jefferson Memorial in Washington are the words: "God who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" Jefferson is truly weeping.

THOMAS J. PIERPOINT

Woodbridge, Va.

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