Letter: Lafayette would be in tears

Published: 05-11-2024 7:00 AM

On the 20th of May, we will celebrate Lafayette, the French nobleman influential in tipping the balance of the Revolutionary War in favor of us. Our rebellion succeeded, in great part, due to his agreement with the self-evident truths of The Declaration of Independence, generating a passion in him so great that he was willing to sacrifice his name, fortune, and if need be his life in this noble experiment that is America. Today, I read that our legislature is poised to pass a bill forbidding transgender athletes from competing based on an arbitrary assignment of gender at birth. I say to you that you do not believe in the self evident truths.

You do not believe that all men are created equal! You do not believe that they are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights! You do not believe that governments are instituted among men to ensure those rights! You do not believe that “Live Free or Die” applies to all in New Hampshire! You may, by accident of birth, be a citizen of the country called The United States of America. You are not, in your hearts and minds, an American! I dare say, that if Lafayette made his tour today, he would be in tears after witnessing your betrayal of the fundamental principles of this noble experiment.

Bill Wishart


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