right to life liberty pursuit of happiness

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” “The New Colossus,” – Emma Lazarus,1883; Inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty


“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 Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” –The Declaration of Independence


No Ban. No Wall.

2017 is going to be my Year of Blocking People tbh & I encourage you to make it yours as well.

Both on this website and IRL. This definitely does not mean “ignore opinions that differ from yours and never engage in discourse,” but it does mean remembering that hatred (in any form; racism, sexism, etc.) is honestly not a valid opinion. You know that someone believing that you have less of a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is just not valid and shouldn’t even be arguable. If you have the emotional energy to engage with someone ignorant and provide information, that’s awesome, but just remember that some of these people are literally just not going to listen. Ever. Use your emotional energy wisely, spend it on the people who love and support you, (including you), and when you have extra, by all means use it to take a stand. But please take care of yourself and don’t get burned out trying to fight an oil fire with water. It’s easy to forget that your love, time, and energy are life-giving, vital, and lovely when you pour them out only to receive a fireball in return.

We have the right to live our lives, with God or without, as we choose. There is a prohibition against the establishment of a state religion in our Constitution, and we have the right to choose with whom we live, whom we love… and who and what gets to interfere with our bodies. As Americans, men, women, people, gay, straight, L, B, G, T, Q, all of us have the human right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. And if you think people got mad when they thought the government was coming after their guns? Wait’ll they come and try to take away our Happiness!”

- Meryl Streep , recipient of the National Ally Award attends the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala  (Waldorf Astoria Hotel on February 11, 2017)

I just started “Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers in sickness and in health” by Jeanne E. Abrams and it is fascinating so far! Two takeaways so far:

1. In addition to fighting for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the Founding Fathers were also fighting for the right for you to vaccinate your kids so they wouldn’t die early, as several of theirs did.

2. Martha was a helicopter parent before helicopters had been invented. Somebody remind me to get on writing Martha ‘Mother Hen’ Washington at some point.

USA. Washington. June 19, 1970. The Panthers were fundamentally a political party. Here, Panther Chief of Staff David Hilliard calls for a new U.S. Constitution from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to guarantee all Americans the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — rights they say blacks had been denied.

Photograph: AP

4

DECLARATION OF RESISTANCE

When in the course of American history it becomes necessary for the people to save our Nation from a Tyrant, to safeguard equality for all and their inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness from bigotry and corruption, to ensure that our Government continues to derive its power from the consent of the governed rather than by autocracy, that whenever any President becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to make such demands upon their Congress: Immediate impeachment of the President for crimes committed, or removal from office by way of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

Donald J. Trump has conducted injuries and usurpations, pursuing the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world–

He has obstructed the Laws for Naturalization of Immigrants, and illegally banned refugees in need of safe haven. He has continued to violate the federal court orders which require the temporary cessation of this ban, thereby violating his executive oath. He has dismissed an Attorney General for fulfilling her oath to defend the Constitution, defying the autonomy of the Department of Justice. He has purged the State Department of its highest level officials without any regard for a responsible continuity of State Affairs. He has enlisted amateur ideologues - such as the white supremacist Stephen K. Bannon - to make national security decisions. He has vowed to enact policy and legislation which clearly tread on the separation of Church and State. He has refused to remove or address conflicts of interest regarding both his own business and that of his cabinet and family. He has moved to deregulate corporate interests, risking the health of the economy and has stated that he has chosen this action for the advancement of his own wealthy friends, showing no regard for the rest of this Nation. He has hastily signed multiple Executive Orders without the advisement of Congress, policy experts, his cabinet, or staff. He has signed an Executive Order which knowingly deprives the sick of desperately needed healthcare with no concern for their lives. He has signed an Executive Order permitting a pipeline that tramples on Native American Rights and endangers safe water supply. He has illegally threatened to cut off funding to Sanctuary Cities which have determined their values through self-governance. He has knowingly, repeatedly, and egregiously misled the public and directed his staff to do the same. He has strongly advocated for the silencing and suppression of a Free Press. He has repeatedly and consistently shown contempt for people based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, disability, and religion. He has shown disdain and disregard for the judiciary and the fundamental human Rights that are the foundation of Justice.

A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

We shall Resist until our Congress uses the mechanisms afforded to it by the Constitution to remove this Tyrant from Power. And for the support of this Declaration we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Honor.

Signed. The Resistance.

[x]

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 Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government

indiewire.com
‘House of Cards’ Creator Beau Willimon Calls For Trump’s Impeachment in ‘Declaration of Resistance’
Willimon writes that it is “necessary for the people to save our Nation from a Tyrant.”
By Liz Calvario

Willimon posted a series of tweets this friday, Feb. 3, amounting to a statement of resistance to the new president. The full message:

When in the course of American history it becomes necessary for the people to save our Nation from a Tyrant, to safeguard equality for all and their inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness from bigotry and corruption, to ensure that our Government continues [to] derive its power from the consent of the governed rather than by autocracy, that whenever any President becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to make such demands upon their Congress: Immediate impeachment of the President for crimes committed, or removal from office by way of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

Donald J. Trump has conducted injuries and usurpations, pursuing the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world —

He has obstructed the Laws for Naturalization of Immigrants, and illegally banned refugees in the need of safe haven.

He has continued to violate federal court orders which require the temporary cessation of this ban, thereby violating his executive oath.

He has dismissed an Attorney General for fulfilling her oath to defend the Constitution, defuing the autonomy of the Department of Justice.

He has purged the State Department of its highest level officials without any regard for a responsible continuity of State Affairs.

He has enlisted amateur ideologues — such as the white supremacist Stephen L. Bannon — to make national security decisions.

He has vowed to enact policy and legislation which clearly treat on the separation of church and state.

He has refused to remove or address conflicts of interest regarding both his own business and that of his cabinet and family.

He has hastily signed multiple Executive Orders without the advisement of Congress, policy experts, his cabinet or staff.

He has signed an Executive Order which knowingly deprives the sick of desperately needed healthcare with no concern for their lives.

He has signed an Executive Order permitting a pipeline that tramples on Native American Rights and endangers safe water supply.

He has illegally threatened to cut off funding to Sanctuary Cities which have determined their values through self-governance.

He has knowingly, repeatedly and egregiously misled the public, and directed his staff to do the same.

He has strongly advocated for the silencing and suppression of a Free Press.

He has repeatedly and consistently shown contempt for people based [on] race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity and religion.

He has shown disdain and disregard for the judiciary, and the fundamental human rights that are the foundation of justice.

A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. We shall Resist until our Congress uses the mechanisms afforded to [it] by the Constitution to remove this Tyrant from Power. And for the support of this Declaration we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Honor.

Signed. The Resistance.

youtube

This is my favorite thing. This is a diverse country with people from all over the world who moved here because they loved what we stand for. They wanted to live their lives, have freedom, and pursue happiness.

Let’s fight so that happiness isn’t taken away.

f-z-r  asked:

I'm a 17 year old Muslim girl living in Virginia and the racism and rhetoric coming from trump and his administration has caused students at my school to also view Muslims and latinos and POC the way he does. How do I stay strong and keep hope that things will get better?

America is the original melting pot – the country that was built by immigrants. Immigrants are at the heart of America’s identity. We have struggled many times with racism, sexism, homophobia, islamophobia, anti-Semitism and other religious intolerance, but over time America’s political institutions have upheld the rights of individuals to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You should have faith in these institutions, but also not take them for granted. Each time that America has reached a turning point in the struggle for equal rights we have seen the tides turn toward equality and back – but it was the strength of heroes (big and small) that turned the tide forward.

Just remember that these times will pass and do what you can to make the present better and to prepare for a brighter future.

Surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive to gain the strength that you need. We are all part of making things get better and I think there are a lot of people who are trying their best to make it better

We hold these alternative 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 Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Tumblr Battle #1
  • This bootleg issue has got me thinking, so I made a little parody of Cabinet Battle #1 to reflect the discourse going on right now. In this case, Jefferson is representing the pro-bootleg tumblrites, while Hamilton is well... Lin. I made a statement about this before, so the arguments in the battle are just reflective of what I've seen.
  • Enjoy.
  • Washington: The issue on the table. Hamilton4me's plan to release a bootleg for anyone to see. Secretary Jefferson, you have the floor.
  • Jefferson:
  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  • We fought for these ideals, we shouldn't settle for less.
  • These are wise words. Enterprising men quote em'.
  • Don't act surprised you guys cause I wrote em!
  • Yooo but y'all can't see.
  • Watching this musical ain't nevah gonna be.
  • We're too poor, or too far. Can't get there with one car.
  • So watching this bootleg is all that's left to me.
  • And don't give me shit about it Lin.
  • Let tell you something, man where to begin.
  • Your show flew, Moana's due, there's so that much you can do.
  • So why not let have us, the people, have this win.
  • Stand with me, in the land of the free, and pray to God that we can fix this inadequacy.
  • Listen when it comes to us, we're not choosy.
  • So we ain't gonna wait until you try an' sell that movie.
  • Washington: Thank you Secretary Jefferson. Secretary Hamilton, your response
  • Hamilton:
  • Thomas, that was real nice declaration. But can't you see this musical's going across the nation?
  • Don't you think I should have some pride for my creation?
  • Or should we just gut it and give it a nice cremation?
  • I understand to all my fans, who think their needs aren't part of my plans.
  • But listen. I'm doing everything I can, to land a HQ Hamilton straight into their hands.
  • Words of wisdom from a slaver, that's rich.
  • You're probably selling that bootleg. No hitch.
  • Don't try and lecture me 'bout morals, when you tried to go and make your own slaves, your bitch.
  • And another thing all you Tumblrites
  • Don't think that you're doing is anywhere near right.
  • I'm trying to invest in a way that's best to get you all a copy of the play, not Highlights!
  • Thomas Jefferson, tryna giving away my Hamilton.
  • Shame on him!
  • And anyone who is supporting him.
  • You jokers won't face me, you gotta use a pseudonym.
  • That argument's in worse shape than the national debt is in.
  • Sitting there useless as two shits.
  • Hey turn around bend over.
  • I'll show you where my shoe fits!
Beau Willimon Declares War On Donald Trump, Eviscerates White House Correspondents’ Dinner

From this SOURCE

1. DECLARATION OF RESISTANCE

When in the course of American history it becomes necessary for the people to save our Nation from a Tyrant,

2. To safeguard equality for all and their inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness from bigotry and corruption,

3. To ensure that our Government continues derive its power from the consent of the governed rather than by autocracy,

4. That whenever any President becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to make such demands upon their Congress:

5. Immediate impeachment of the President for crimes committed, or removal from office by way of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

6. Donald J. Trump has conducted injuries and usurpations, pursuing the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

7. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world–

8. He has obstructed the Laws for Naturalization of Immigrants, and illegally banned refugees in need of safe haven.

9. He has continued to violate federal court orders which require the temporary cessation of this ban, thereby violating his executive oath.

10. He has dismissed an Attorney General for fulfilling her oath to defend the Constitution, defying the autonomy of the Dept. of Justice.

11. He has purged the State Dept. of its highest level officials without any regard for a responsible continuity of State Affairs.

12. He has enlisted amateur ideologues – such as the white supremacist Stephen L. Bannon – to make national security decisions.

13. He has vowed to enact policy and legislation which clearly tread on the separation of church and state.

14. He has refused to remove or address conflicts of interest regarding both his own business and that of his cabinet and family.

15. He has hastily signed multiple Executive Orders without the advisement of Congress, policy experts, his cabinet or staff.

16. He has signed an Executive Order which knowingly deprives the sick of desperately needed healthcare with no concern for their lives.

17. He has signed an Executive Order permitting a pipeline that tramples on Native American Rights and endangers safe water supply.

18. He has illegally threatened to cut off funding to Sanctuary Cities which have determined their values through self-governance.

19. He has knowingly, repeatedly and egregiously misled the public, and directed his staff to do the same.

20. He has strongly advocated for the silencing and suppression of a Free Press.

21. He has repeatedly and consistently shown contempt for people based race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity and religion.

22. He has shown disdain and disregard for the judiciary, and the fundamental human rights that are the foundation of Justice.

23. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

24. We shall Resist until our Congress uses the mechanisms afforded to by the Constitution to remove this Tyrant from Power.

25. And for the support of this Declaration we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Honor. Signed. The Resistance

 America was founded by the dreams of the persecuted, by those striving for freedom; yet since our inception, America has been rife with inequality and discrimination. It is truly shocking to see how little we have evolved as a society; how there is still denial in parts of the majority culture that they share this nation with other HUMAN BEINGS, who biologically, have different pigmentation, etc. We live in a world where  PEOPLE  may not conform and DO NOT NEED to confirm to homogeneous  ideas of sexuality, gender, religion, or race; but we are, nonetheless, inextricably connected, so some things MUST change.

I am tired of seeing it justified by the media, police, other people that the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are subjective.

I am tired of celebrating the genocide of  Native peoples every October on Columbus day. All the while mourning  senseless murders.

I am tired of POC and other minorities (as it pertains to gender and sexuality) having to justify their beauty to mainstream culture. Our current society is not designed to account for us.

I am tired of the constant battle for fair and unbiased representation in the media, courts of law and the court of public opinion.

But most of all, I am tired seeing of our tragedies  turned into trending hashtags.  

DECLARATION OF RESISTANCE

1. When in the course of American history it becomes necessary for the people to save our Nation from a Tyrant,

2. To safeguard equality for all and their inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness from bigotry and corruption,

3. To ensure that our Government continues derive its power from the consent of the governed rather than by autocracy,

4. That whenever any President becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to make such demands upon their Congress:

5. Immediate impeachment of the President for crimes committed, or removal from office by way of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

6. Donald J. Trump has conducted injuries and usurpations, pursuing the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

7. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world–

8. He has obstructed the Laws for Naturalization of Immigrants, and illegally banned refugees in need of safe haven.

9. He has continued to violate federal court orders which require the temporary cessation of this ban, thereby violating his executive oath.

10. He has dismissed an Attorney General for fulfilling her oath to defend the Constitution, defying the autonomy of the Dept. of Justice.

11. He has purged the State Dept. of its highest level officials without any regard for a responsible continuity of State Affairs.

12. He has enlisted amateur ideologues – such as the white supremacist Stephen L. Bannon – to make national security decisions.

13. He has vowed to enact policy and legislation which clearly tread on the separation of church and state.

14. He has refused to remove or address conflicts of interest regarding both his own business and that of his cabinet and family.

15. He has hastily signed multiple Executive Orders without the advisement of Congress, policy experts, his cabinet or staff.

16. He has signed an Executive Order which knowingly deprives the sick of desperately needed healthcare with no concern for their lives.

17. He has signed an Executive Order permitting a pipeline that tramples on Native American Rights and endangers safe water supply.

18. He has illegally threatened to cut off funding to Sanctuary Cities which have determined their values through self-governance.

19. He has knowingly, repeatedly and egregiously misled the public, and directed his staff to do the same.

20. He has strongly advocated for the silencing and suppression of a Free Press.

21. He has repeatedly and consistently shown contempt for people based race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity and religion.

22. He has shown disdain and disregard for the judiciary, and the fundamental human rights that are the foundation of Justice.

23. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

24. We shall Resist until our Congress uses the mechanisms afforded to by the Constitution to remove this Tyrant from Power.

25. And for the support of this Declaration we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Honor. 

Signed. The Resistance

Written by:  Beau Willimon. 
(The House Of Cards creator and former showrunner)

“Second Amendment rights are important, but there are other rights that we care about as well. And we have to be able to balance them. Because our right to worship freely and safely—that right was denied to Christians in Charleston, South Carolina. And that was denied Jews in Kansas City. And that was denied Muslims in Chapel Hill, and Sikhs in Oak Creek. They had rights, too. Our right to peaceful assembly—that right was robbed from moviegoers in Aurora and Lafayette. Our unalienable right to life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—those rights were stripped from college students in Blacksburg and Santa Barbara, and from high schoolers at Columbine, and from first-graders in Newtown. First-graders. And from every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken from our lives by a bullet from a gun. Every time I think about those kids it gets me mad. And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.” —President Obama on why it’s time to stop gun violence

Rand Paul wants to fix our Justice System and have less people incarcerated

Rand Paul

  • Wants to make marijuana legal
  • Has written a bill that will have criminal records - of nonviolent offenders- to be sealed at a federal level so that nonviolent ex convicts can be employed more easily
  • Wants everyone to experience  “the opportunity of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all its dimensions.”
  • Recognizes that our justice system is unjust and is unfair to minorities, particularly black men
  • Has written a bill that would allow non violent felons to have their voting rights reinstated
  • Has written a bill that would have the felony of possessing controlled substances - small amounts - to be re classified as a misdemeanor
  • Has plans to reform our criminal justice system so that all non violent citizens have a shot at the American Dream
  • Wants it to be easier for nonviolent felons to rejoin society
  • Will have lower taxes due to a much smaller incarceration rate

So if you’re planning on voting for Sanders because of free weed and his plans for criminal justice reform, why don’t you vote for someone that won’t throw our economy and freedom in the garbage.