Saturday, November 20, 2004

Unalienable Rights

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. We Americans generally feel that these words from the Declaration of Independence are the moral high ground from which we have constructed and maintained our greatness. These words have cast a long shadow of clarity that reaches into our century. Most Americans would say that we do have for the most part, life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in a very broad sense. We would all probably agree that we have certain unalienable rights that go beyond life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. So if Jefferson and our founding fathers believed that we had certain unalienable rights- what were the other rights they thought we should have? Jefferson clearly said, “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are--.” What rights are in the blanks that he left for us to fill in?

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