Congressman Mullin wrote an opinion piece on immigration a few weeks ago. That’s a debate I hope to have with Mullin if he wins his Republican primary.

But something struck me incredibly hard about his piece that had nothing to do with immigration.

He started out with this line, “The United States is first and foremost a nation of laws and our laws must be followed.”

I agree that laws are meant to be obeyed if they are just laws.

I take issue with his idea that we are first and foremost a nation of laws, as if that is why the American states were founded.

No, sir Mr. Mullin. The United States of America is first and foremost a Constitutional Republic founded on individual liberty and the inherent dignity of all... “all men are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

If a public servant doesn’t understand, or worse, doesn’t believe, that liberty is more important than laws he or she will continually make more laws that restrict our individual freedoms that so many veterans have sacrificed their lives for.

The primary and foundational principle of the United States is that every individual has a right to liberty! Only when an individual abuses this right by aggressive action against another’s life or property should the government get involved.

Laws are meant for the protection of life, liberty, and property.

We were founded on liberty and our best days are ahead if we will restore that foundation.

Richard Castaldo

Grove