Monday, July 4, 2005

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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

In honor of America's birthday, go read the Declaration of Independence. Like most of America's founding documents, it's remarkably succinct.

And then go read Andrew Sullivan's "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Sullivan's closing paragraph:

I believe in a country that enshrines each of these three things, a country that promises nothing but the promise of being more fully human, and never guarantees its success. In that constant failure to arrive -- implied at the very beginning -- lies the possibility of a permanently fresh start, an old newness, a way of revitalizing ourselves and our civilization in ways few foresaw and one day many will forget. But the point is now. And the place is America.

posted by Dan on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM


It's good to see Sullivan back to his old passionately libertarian self.

Dan, Happy Independence Day. I'm printing the Declaration right now and am going to have my 8 year old read it to the family. A new tradition is born.

posted by: Kelli on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]


Here's hopin' we kill just as many terrorist as we do innocent people.

Today In Iraq

posted by: NeoPatriot on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

From a soldier in Tikrit for 4th July
10km NW of Tikrit, Iraq

He knows why he is there and what it means to him and America

posted by: Alan Gray on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

A wonderful piece by Sullivan. Thanks for linking to it.

We are truly fortunate to live in a country whose founding charter is so profoundly inspiring. How much of America's success can be attributed directly to the poetry of the Declaration? The power of language is an amazing thing.

posted by: Horatio on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

>From a soldier in Tikrit for 4th July
>>He knows why he is there and what it means to him and America

Ah...No he doesn't. Not even close.

Iraq has nothing, zero, zip, nada, to do with America's
freedom or security.

I could, (with a gamma cannon in orbit), kill every living thing
in Iraq, everything. The people who would be hurt most by the
loss would be America. All those dead highly trained troops.

Her enemies, however, would not lose all that much. And what they
did lose could be replaced quicker and easier, while America
would need years and years to recover from such a loss.

Iraq is the center for the so-called GWOT only for Americans,
not her enemies. America's enemies could be completely wiped out
in Iraq and America would gain basically nothing.

An American victory in Iraq, (whatevery that is), would not enhance
freedom in America one bit. In fact, the only people reducing
freedom in America are American's.

The first true line of defense for America's freedoms begin at the
home front.

Go John Philip Sousa!

Now...I have to go and shoot fireworks!!! Yeaaaa...

Enjoy the 4th folks! :)

posted by: James on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

Wow, Sullivan made it through without a Gitmo reference, guess he'll have to double up tomorrow

posted by: MKL on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

I see the clueless chickenshit bridage is out in force to call for a terrorist victory even on the 4th. Why can't they just celebrate May 1 and leave us to our day?

posted by: TJ Jackson on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

Sanctimonious, jingoistic tripe. Sullivan's especially. Founding Fathers' only slightly less so.

posted by: x on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

The greatest threat to your hegemony are more domestic free market policies and a Russia-India-China-Brazil alliance fueled by Iranian LNG and oil.

Terrorists are but flies in a lions den. Your leaders know this. The public, however, does not.

posted by: outsider on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

Ha! I called that one!

posted by: MKL on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

Moving, yes. And true, as far as it goes. But Andrew forgets that rights without duties are merely irresponsible claims on others to do what we want. Such rights without duties to family, friends, community, faith, country, ancestors, traditions lead too easily to a selfish freedom of expression and impulse which, as Plato, St. Paul, and Edmund Burke knew, is in fact slavery to the passions, the cruelest of tyrants.

posted by: David G on 07.04.05 at 09:44 AM [permalink]

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