right to life liberty pursuit of happiness

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.

If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the declaration of independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.
—  Terence McKenna



The Pursuit of Happiness:

Remember that these are our unalienable rights! They’re for everyone, able, disabled, LGBTQA, Muslim, Jewish, Native American, African American, Men, and Women! 

Do not let this new administration think they can stomp all over us! Be angry, be loud! Remind them that they work for us!

its literally disgusting that some people say you’re not entitled to nor do you have the right to anything like the entire basis of the US was LITERALLY BUILT UPON the idea that each human being has “certain inalienable rights SUCH AS LIFE LIBERTY AND PROPERTY THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS” GODDDDD AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

The womb is not a democracy.

The womb is not a signatory to any human rights treaty.

The womb is not a place where all (or ANY!) residents have the rights to life, liberty or pursuit of happiness.

The womb is not a front on the battle for equality, or a place where marginalized people must be protected from oppression. 

Every woman on earth is the Dictator-for-Life and God-Emperor of her own uterus.

If your politics assume otherwise, your politics are misogynist garbage.

“You know, there is a phrase I once picked up; I don’t know where it comes from; something about the pursuit of happiness.“ 

Baley said thoughtfully, "All men are ‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights… among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

 "You’ve hit it. Where’s that from?“ 

"Some old document,” said Baley.

im so glad the declaration of independence has just become ‘some old document’

 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.  

I hate how I can know and understand so much about the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in regard to ‘love is love’ and trans issues
But since I am such SHIT at articulating when under pressure, i feel like i will never be a good enough queer individual and trans ally. I am always so afraid.

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!
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.

Please join the friars in daily praying for the USA at this time:

A Prayer At Election Time

O Lord, Our Just and Loving Father,

We thank you for the precious gift of Human Life

That is greatly threatened by the Culture of Death.

Aware of the dangers we are now facing,

We ask that You guide us in electing the leaders

Our nation truly needs:

-Leaders with the wisdom to discern your providential plan,

-Leaders who understand the weakness of the human condition,

-Leaders who counsel our citizens to respect the rule of law,

-Leaders with the fortitude to face their opponents with grace,

-Leaders with knowledge of our Constitution and of natural rights,

-Leaders whose piety makes them aware of their own limitations,

-And leaders whose reverential fear informs their moral judgment.

We pray that the inalienable rights

To life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,

Promised by our founders,

May be preserved, protected, and defended for all,

Especially the most vulnerable members of our society.

Almighty and Merciful God,

Sustain us in our struggle to live in peace

As one nation under God. Amen.

“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

Some people say that the protesters’ signs should say “all lives matter” rather than saying “black lives matter.” One thing to remember is that when the word “all” is used in America, blacks seem to be excluded. For example, the Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal and deserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. At the same time, blacks were considered property rather than human and didn’t get to experience life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Another example is how the pledge says there’s liberty and justice for all, but blacks make up most of the prison population and don’t get justice in court. The blacks must be specific and use “black” instead of “all” to make sure that they’re included when the country talks about equality, rights and justice for American citizens.

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just…yes. I wish everyone would support it. I mean..c’mon. really? love is love.

there are a lot of gay couples who have even more committed relationships than a lot of straight couples. the idea that gay couples “ruin marriage” is fucking ridiculous. so what if two guys want to get married, or two girls?

what if it turned out that being gay was normal, but being heterosexual was the weird thing? what if we limited heterosexual marriage? then how would everyone feel??

this country claims that we have the right of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” I’m sorry but if we’re really limiting marriage to gender, then how is that the pursuit of happiness? just because it doesn’t go along with some religions doesn’t mean it’s not okay.

people need to learn to stop being such fucking judgmental assholes and just let people live and be happy as they are, instead of hiding their true selves.

I wanna one day live in a world where there’s acceptance for everyone, no matter their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. I wanna live in a world where we don’t have to “come out of the closet,” because being lgbtq+ is normal.

I want a better world for all of us.


The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. 
  • He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. 
  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  • For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: 
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. 
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. 
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. 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.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.