Common Sense from a Common Man


The Pursuit of Happiness
January 20, 2009, 4:01 pm
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Today we saw the transition of power in a peacful manner for the 44th time in the history of our great nation.  As I watched the address President Obama gave today – one thing stood out clearly to me above anything else.  What started it was this passage from the President’s speech:

“Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.”

We need to be very careful in characterizing and correctly stating what the men and women before us struggled and sacrificed and worked their hands raw for.

They did that first and foremost for the pursuit of their own happiness, their own lives, and their own liberties.  They did it for themselves first and let’s not fool ourselves that their minds, as their hands became raw, were thinking about us.

They were doing what the founding fathers knew to be true then and true today.  That as long as government was limited, as long as government did not get in the way through oppressive taxes, huge impositions by government on individuals, that each person who focused on their personal happiness, their liberty, and their lives would add tremendously to the collective happiness of all Americans.

The President makes a profound mistake by incorrectly reminding us of what makes this country the best in the world.  It is not the One into the Many.  It is the Many into the One.

Perhaps President Obama and the members of our Congress, both Democrat and Republican need to start every day with watching the following:

I strongly urge all Americans to realize, once and for all, what you do to pursue happiness, life, and liberty on a personal level has far greater impact on the collective happiness of America than any government program will or would have … ever.

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