Happy Independence Day

July 4, 2011

Eleven score and fifteen years ago, a group of visionaries brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

We’re still here.  America is one of the oldest continuously functioning constitutional republics in the world, and she’s still a relatively free country, at least for now.  I think that’s something to celebrate.

As you celebrate today, here’s something to think about:  Why did we declare independence from George III?  Do you think we should have?  Why or why not?  Read the rest of this entry »

Life, Liberty, and _______

February 16, 2010

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.

You know the words.  They’re in the Declaration of Independence.  Sometimes people get confused and say that they’re in the Constitution—but did you know that they are in constitutions?  Many of our country’s state constitutions reiterate, in one form or another, some of those same timeless truths.

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