Americans Now Think the Government is Their Pursuit of Happiness
Today, most Americans think that their rights are given to them by the government and that the government is their pursuit of happiness. The new mantra, instead of Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty or Give me Death!” is “Give me Liberty and Give me, Give me!”
It is alarming how many kids, when questioned who gives them their inalienable rights, say, “the government.” It is also surprising how many kids do not know that America is a republic. What is most telling and potentially devastating to liberty, however, is that most kids, when asked what the Constitution is say, “Freedom of speech!”
Of course, the Bill of Rights is a signature piece of the Constitution but its thesis dates back to the days of the Magna Carta. What is genuinely American, and what is specific to maintaining our rights, are the laws set forth in the Articles I-VII of the Constitution. The miraculous accomplishment of our founding fathers is that they encapsulated the American government into a checks and balances system that preserves inherent rights.