Happiness: A Personal Pursuit, Not a Government Mandate

Excerpt of the Declaration of Independence on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.

Excerpt of the Declaration of Independence on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.

I have written in my last two articles of the first two inalienable rights acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence. These things are truths or ideals. An ideal, according to dictionaries, is generally held to be something which is visionary, impractical, or unattainable.

Another of the truths held to be self-evident in this document is the inalienability of the right to the pursuit of happiness. Something is inalienable when it may not be transferred or surrendered.

Life is the first of these things. It may not be transferred or taken except for just cause and by due process.

Liberty is the right to carry out our lives according to our own conscience.

The pursuit of happiness is the exercise of our life and liberty to provide for our own needs and provide a better future for ourselves and our children. It is the carrying out of our own talents, drive, ambitions, dreams, and goals.

The right to the pursuit of happiness is completely oppositional to socialism. It is completely oppositional to sustainability, as envisioned by the United Nations.

It is people working for themselves and their families, not working for the government. In 1964, Ronald Reagan made a speech entitled A Time For Choosing. He said “And Senator Clark of Pennsylvania, another articulate spokesman, defines liberalism as ‘meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government.’”

He went on to say of the founding fathers “They knew that governments don’t control things, A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”

So now there are people in our government trying to convince the people to hate health insurance companies. I believe ObamaCare is not about helping the people. It is about getting that money for government and social programs.

I heard some liberal protestors a while back being interviewed by someone on Fox News. They said they wanted people-run redistribution. That is theft and robbery.

They said they had a problem with capitalism because profit is more important than well being.

There is no well being without profit.

You go backwards without profit.

Profit is what gets people out of the hole.

People like that want their freedom to protest, but don’t want other people to have their freedom to build a better life.

How are people going to make a better life for themselves or their family without profit? It is how you pursue your dreams and your happiness. It is how businesses get built. It is how all the great things in the history of the world get built.

Ronald Reagan gave another speech on Labor Day in 1980. He spoke of immigrants who came to this country seeking a better life. He said “They brought with them courage, ambition and the values of family, neighborhood, work, peace and freedom. They came from different lands but they shared the same values, the same dream.” Reagan then said “Today a President of the United States would have us believe that dream is over or at least in need of change.”

American Ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not unattainable, impractical things. They are the essence of the American Dream. Protecting life, defending liberty, and pursuing happiness built America. These things will revive America.

Clark M. Jones is a member of Citizens for Liberty, the group which organized the Rapid City Tax Day Tea Party and the Rapid City Independence Day Tea Party.

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