Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness in Under 600 Words

 

Today is the 4th of July. This year it seems to me more people than ever are actually remembering what the 4th of July really is and why we wanted independence from a kingdom.  Since the election of Barack Obama it seems that we’re being sucked into a path back towards a kingdom, a place where a centralized power simply dictates what’s is and what shall be but for now has to do so with only the appearance of following the rules.

When Rick Santelli flew off the cuff in February 2009 about making a Chicago Tea Party he had no idea what he had tapped in to when he spoke those words.  Why did that resonate so much with Americans?  It was because he was genuinely pissed off and so were tens of millions of Americans that were watching their country start down a completely un-American path.  It was (and is) because America promises only three things to those who live here and those that want to come here – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

That’s it.  That’s all you are promised here and thankfully so.  You have a right to your LIFE.  You have a right to your LIBERTY.  And you have a right to pursue whatever it is that makes you HAPPY as long as it doesn’t interfere with the first two.  Inside liberty I would also put property rights.  Your property is your property.  Period.  There can be no uncertainty here.

The United States signed a Declaration of Independence because it wanted to be free from tyranny of the British Empire.  In fact the exact phrase in this Declaration is:

“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.”

Think what it took to draft that document in the 1700’s.  Think about the sheer vision that group of people had to have to form such a foundation for a country.  Those men could have easily just taken control of the new USA and made it into their own family business like so many other countries.  Instead, they provided for a way to put the seat of power in the hands of the people being governed.  They provided that a government has any powers whatsoever only by the consent of the governed.

We (Americans) are not entitled to anything else outside of Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness, and property rights.  There are plenty of countries in the world that offer government sponsored health care, education, and social “benefits”.  That’s nice but that’s not the USA, nor should it be.

You are not entitled to health care (because if you were you would have to force somebody to provide it – and that would go against their liberty).  You are not entitled to a home.  You are not entitled to an education.  You are not entitled to anything outside of your Life, your Liberty, and your pursuit of your own Happiness.

There is no reason for us to emulate France, China, Venezuela, or revert back to the way they do things in the UK.  The overwhelming social “benefits” of those countries are doing nothing short of strangling the people in those countries.

On this 4th of July 2011, let us really remember what today represents.  The very foundation of this country was a total and complete rejection of tyranny and of government control over the lives of private individuals.  We are to be free people, not subjects of the state.

 

 

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