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IPFS News Link • Declaration of Independence

Stop Believing

• by Jeff Thomas

In his second paragraph, he said.

"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."

So firm was the vision of America's founding fathers that this statement represented their collective belief that the twenty-eight signatories accepted it without any change in wording.

Could the same be said today? Do Americans possess a collective belief today?

Do Americans perceive the word "rights" collectively? How about "liberty?" Would a random sampling of Americans generate the same definition of such words?

Or, considering that most Americans who are unable to answer such simple questions as, "What state is New Your City in," how many Americans would respond to a request to define these words with no more than a blank stare?

But why should this be?

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