The letter in The Gazette on Jan. 28, 2018, by Daniel Hathaway rightly but only partly quoted the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. There were key concepts that were left out, one of which is that our inalienable rights are granted to us by our creator and not by the democratic process. No other country’s founding documents contain this concept. Today those who ascribe to the progressive political ideology believe that the only rights we have are those granted to us through the democratic process and that we should blindly adhere to the “rule of law.”

Justices such as the late Antonin Scalia were considered “originalists” in their view of the Constitution, that is, they interpreted the Constitution as the founding fathers originally intended it to be interpreted. Justice Scalia believed that a jury, as described in the Sixth Amendment, does not have to abide or uphold an unfair or unjust law. Not always following the rule of law can be considered one of our inalienable rights.

When quoting our founding documents only in part this can be misleading and lead one to false conclusions.

Dr. W. David Herbert