Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Life. Liberty. Happiness.

Life - seems pretty self-evident. We get due process; no one can haul us off to the gallows or guilliotine because we disagree with their politics.

Liberty - Free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion - your basic bill of rights.

And finally, the pursuit of Happiness. That pursuit is one of the things that makes our country unique. Unlike Hobbes, we don't buy into the idea that life is, "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." Instead, we believe happiness is possible and, what's more, we have an unalienable right to catch it.

This weekend, I send my thanks to the men of vision who founded our country and to the men and women who fight to keep it strong.

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