By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire
July 4 is a time to celebrate the founding of our nation and the hard-fought freedoms Americans enjoy, as well as providing an opportunity to reflect on those rights which our nation continues to strive to provide to all of its people.
Due to governmental restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID–19, celebrations marking July 4, 2020 will look different from those in years past. Parades are canceled, and fireworks will be viewed from cars. Backyard barbeques will be significantly scaled back, and facemasks and physical distancing will be essential for a Boardwalk stroll.
There is currently much debate regarding individual freedoms and the government’s right to impose restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a critical issue, but it is understandable that many of us have become weary of 24/7 media coverage of the pandemic and the cacophony of competing—and often uncivil—views posted on social media regarding restrictions such as face masks and physical distancing.
If, like me, you remain curious about the balance between state power and individual rights but find social media and cable news to be frustrating sources of information, I recommend the podcast, “The Constitution and the Coronavirus”, which can be found at this link: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/podcast/the-constitution-and-the-coronavirus. The podcast is presented by The National Constitution Center, which, by virtue of its Congressional charter, was established to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”
We wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July!
The Law Firm of DiOrio & Sereni, LLP is a full-service law firm in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. We strive to help people, businesses and institutions throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania solve legal problems – and even prevent legal problems before they occur. To learn more about the full range of our specific practice areas, please visit www.dioriosereni.com or contact Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire at 610-565-5700 or at [email protected].
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