Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

The Heart of America’s Declaration of Independence

Pursuit of Happiness: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness on an engraving of the Declaration of Independence
A 19th century engraving of the Declaration of Independence, including the words, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are words that resonate in the hearts and minds of all Americans. They were a key part of the founding document—the Declaration of Independence which created this nation.

The original founding fathers of these united States of America had good reason to form a separate, sovereign body and to secede from Great Britain. The British had created a stranglehold on its American colonies. When the colonials prospered, the British took from that prosperity without giving their subjects any say in their own governance. When they created their own currency, the British took that away from them. Soldiers could take what they wanted. Individual privacy was invaded time after time. Citizens were arrested without a trial by their peers.

Eroding Our Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness: Red Coat Attack
Red Coats attack at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Americans defend their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Painting: E. Percy Moran (PD) via

Today, we have a similar situation, but far worse. Instead of a 3% tax on tea, we now pay more than 40% of our income through sales taxes, property taxes, income taxes and other forms of taxation. One site estimated 43%, on average, goes to various taxes ( Now, the NSA spies on us whenever they want, which looks like all the time. Government agencies can break into your home when you’re not there and agents can serve their own warrants without bothering a judge. And it’s illegal for you to say that you were served such a warrant. Freedom of speech has been curtailed (Napolitano, 2013). You can be arrested for wearing a controversial t-shirt, if a government official doesn’t like it. HR347 has language that is so broad that any form of free speech can be made grounds for arrest at the discretion of those in charge. This should remind any student of history of the powers of the Red Coats and the reasons our Founding Fathers decided to end their relationship with England.

Some government officials have even called the founding fathers “terrorists” (Mule, 2013). Those who defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights are classified by some law enforcement agencies as potential threats.

When I hear or see public officials saying or writing such words, it makes it seem the world is upside down. It seems they have forgotten the words, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It seems they don’t understand those words or value its meaning.

Perhaps it’s time to review what the Declaration of Independence was all about.

The picture, above, is from a 19th century engraving of the document. The original document remains today greatly faded and stained with age.

In the last many months, several petitions have been circulated by people voicing an interest in having their states secede from the current union. Though such division is sad, it is understandable (Linkins, 2012).

The erosion of American liberties has been slow, but inexorable for the last century or more. Yet, there was a turning point when the erosion became a landslide on 9/11.

Lies and More Lies Going Back to 9/11

Pursuit of Happiness
GW Bush may not have overseen the perpetration of 9/11, but he did far worse by using it for tyranny. National Park Service, PD, and Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0, via Wikipedia.

That one event has continued to be used as an excuse for one law after another to undermine the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In a very real sense, those laws are unconstitutional. So, which law do you obey? The newer laws, because everyone is going along with them? Or the original laws, because they have not yet been officially superseded?

But let’s take a step back for a moment. If 9/11 is the reason for the bulk of changes since that date, shouldn’t we make certain that 9/11 is as they said it was? We have lost a great deal of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness because of that day.

After all, the government lied about weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq (Rothkopf, 2015). In fact, lying seems to have become standard for government officials. According to one federal judge, lying by the media is also protected speech (Casten, 2003). But a citizen lying to their government can get them locked up for years.

So, what did they lie about? First of all, Muslims didn’t do 9/11 (Ryan, 2012). The alleged perpetrators seem much more like patsies than terrorists. Instead of devout Muslims, they took drugs, alcohol and loose women—things a devout Muslim wouldn’t touch (Griffin, 2008). A few of them had former addresses at a U.S. military base (Barry, 2001). When FBI agents became suspicious of their interest in learning to fly airplanes, their bosses told them to leave the Muslims alone. Years earlier, when these and other Muslims wanted visas to go to the United States, one consulate official refused to give them their visas. Why? Because they couldn’t even tell him what city they were going to, or what conference they were going to attend. But they were given visas over his objections. The local CIA operative insisted on it.

Also, the three buildings which collapsed in New York on 9/11 all had numerous, telltale signs of controlled demolition. Most telling was the perfect free fall collapse of WTC7. In natural collapses, solid steel offers a great deal of resistance. Whole blocks of a building merely bounce and topple to the side. All three of the buildings on that day were pulverized and the steel neatly sliced into sections short enough to fit on the trucks which started cleanup of the crime scene that evening.

Read that last line again. Cleaning up a crime scene before an official investigation is a major felony. Yet, no one went to jail over this crime. Mayor Giuliani went on to be hailed by the Corporate Party media as “America’s Mayor,” and a “hero.”

More and more states are pushing for laws to force citizens to take vaccines. Why would this be a problem? First of all, it is a violation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Second, a growing number of health officials (doctors and scientists) are questioning the efficacy and safety of vaccines. Vaccines contain numerous toxins and foreign matter in them, including mercury (heavy metal toxin), aluminum, formaldehyde, MSG and many others. People have died from vaccination. Many millions have been permanently damaged by them.

In the meantime, more and more government agencies have become divisions of the corporations over which they are supposed to administer. Lobbyists have moved into the offices of the congressmen they are bribing (Martin, 2015).

The abuses now make the abuses suffered by the 13 original colonies seem pale by comparison.

Solution? Violence won’t do it. Armed conflict won’t do anything except create more suffering. For years, America’s government has been practicing the use of foreign troops on American soil to control unruly crowds (Duclos, 2015). For many, this has been a nice thing to do, helping out those poor foreigners with some go old American training. But it remains a perfect set-up. Those foreign troops can be called back at any time. Why would the government want them? Those foreign troops likely don’t know about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They don’t know about the Declaration of Independence and those words, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

What’s your take on the American founding documents?


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Note (September 10, 2015): I had ended this article with the question, “Are they merely just a bunch of paper, as GW Bush claimed?” I have removed this. Why? Because the source of the quote, “It’s [The Constitution is] just a goddamned piece of paper!”, retracted their article. Doug Thompson, at Capitol Hill Blue, wrote the article, posted December 9, 2005, but later deleted the article. I cannot find a reason for the deletion, but Thompson had retracted and deleted other articles. From the Web Archives we have:

The original article:

Another, unrelated article about retractions:

We should look, instead, at the man’s (Bush’s and even Obama’s) actions. In a very real sense, this man who became president has acted as though the Constitution is a worthless piece of paper. Obama has repeated this insult. Both men betrayed their oaths of office. Instead, they became the domestic enemies of the nation’s most sacred document. And they had help from both Congress and the Supreme Court. They have betrayed the self-evident truth of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

This article was originally published on 2015:0605 at

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