The Big 3

Today, 22 January, on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, I am thinking of another key date in American history: July 4, 1776. On this day was adopted the United States Declaration of Independence with this key statement.

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
and the pursuit of happiness.

These words are thought to have been strongly influenced by the Virginia Declaration of Rights which was adopted June 12, 1776 which itself stated:

That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

I hope to someday see American society become a place where these rights are truly enjoyed by all and to their fullest regardless of gender, race, or age for all our people -- including those who are yet in the womb. May God bless our nation with a deep appreciation that happiness flows from liberty, and liberty flourishes where the value of life is paramount.