Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the by Robert Curry

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By Robert Curry

“We carry those Truths to be self-evident, that every one males are created equivalent, that they're endowed by way of their author with sure unalienable Rights, that between those are lifestyles, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This sentence is completely accepted. we all know it as a middle precept of our founding. yet few, if any folks give some thought to why Jefferson wrote it in precisely this manner. Why “unalienable rights” and never easily rights? Why “self-evident” truths and never easily truths? Why does the statement make those differences? Do they truly matter?

If those questions are hard or Jefferson’s phrases look esoteric, for the reason that we not behavior our politics within the language of the Founders and we're now not in a position to imagine as they as soon as notion. In Congress and the media, political arguments are complex by way of a torrent of coverage reports and “expert” opinions—not at the foundation of self-evident truths, unalienable rights, and positively no longer within the language of the Founders.

Common experience Nation is a powerful re-introduction to the political principles of the Founders—in their very own phrases and on their phrases. it truly is devoted to the proposition that the one approach to absolutely free up the profound and distinct energy of yankee self-government is to appreciate it as its inventors did. Common experience Nation reclaims the language of liberty from entities that wish to interpret our freedoms for us. For in figuring out the Founders as they knew themselves, readers will study the amazing depths in their personal political powers as American citizens.

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