"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," Pure poetry. (why does no one talk like that anymore?)Lets break down-- WE= The founding fathers of this nation. Truths = Absolute. Self evident = easily seen or understood; common sense.So the founding fathers of this nation hold these absolute truths to be easily understood or common sense.
I would believe this depiction of government holds true and would be considered the birth of conservatism. Here is how,
Life- People are entitled to it. Anything that unjustly takes life should be banned. Hmm..where does this place abortion?
Liberty- People are allowed to be free. Anything can be done that does not harm another individual. A lot of wiggle room here but err on the side of freedom.
Pursuit of Happiness- people need a system in which they CAN succeed- not must--or have to--or just in case they don't we will hand it to them.
Over my next couple of entries I will attempt to dissect these three areas and how they tie in to my beliefs. Let me know what you think.