That. Is. What. I. Said. Period. Not sure why people are trying to make it different. But I was questioning the assertion that Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness were rights. They are not. Because the Declaration is not a legal document enumerating our rights. Life/Liberty are, however, protected in various ways through other laws.You can't sue anyone from it, correct
There was no fear whatsoever against "big government." That term is unbelievably modern. Like 60 years old as opposed to 240+ years old. There was fear of dictatorships and royalty. There was no such thing as big government anywhere on earth. There was no political class, there was a ruling class who were nearly always some form of heriditary caste. Politicians were just clerks and nearly powerless. They feared big government as much as microwave ovens, which also didn't exist and they couldn't possibly know about.They knew big government needed to be controlled and could become tyrannical
Dur. It was questioned in 1776. Which is why women couldn't vote and slavery was legal. That's certainly not liberty. And it's certainly not taxation without representation. The crux of the Declaration of Independence, like it's name very obviously suggests, was to free ourselves from England. Freedom and Liberty for blacks wouldn't come for another approximately 87 years (4 score and 7 years) and taxation without representation for women until another 50ish years.but probably never thought anyone would question the right to life, liberty or pursue happiness here as God given rights.
And of course they questioned God as well. Franklin and Jefferson being standout examples. Though they changed thoughout their lives.
Well, good thing I've read dozens of books about the Founding Fathers. And good thing the sources are annotated.Wikipedia is not a legitimate source ever in College either.
Lots. Kind of like many of our Founding Fathers. This is the most lawyer-bound country on the planet because it was created by lawyers. Though tallies vary depending on who you ask, because the profession wasn't like it is today--and they were busy and wide-ranging guys.As for lawyers, how many "Lawyers" are politicians?
Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 25 were lawyers. Of the 55 framers of the Constitution, 32 were lawyers.
http://www.usconstitution.net/declarsigndata.htmlThe delegates practiced a wide range of occupations, and many men pursued more than one career simultaneously. Thirty-five were lawyers or had benefited from legal training, though not all of them relied on the profession for a livelihood. Some had also become judges