November 01, 2006

Constitute This!

I just watched documentaries on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X back-to-back. It was fascinating how such dissenting views both came back to the brilliant words of Thomas Jefferson eventually. Those being, '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.'

Challenge: Rephrase this sentence however you like, in order to crystallize the foundation that America is or should be built upon. e.g. (change 'men' to 'persons', delete 'by their Creator', etc., or extrapolate how 'equal rights' should not be confused with 'special rights' or 'forced equality through distribution')

Or vote that Jefferson's original statement takes the cake.


lenbot said...

Maybe "their Creator" doesnt have to mean God, it could refer to their parents?! :-)

Eric Olsen said...

i refuse to move on until someone tries to top Thomas!

Anonymous said...

'We hold these truths to be self-evident; that our creator is a happy alien"

Eric Olsen said...

Well, the happy alien thing is dead on the money, but I'll give it a shot.

"Every human being: born, unborn, or cloned has the right to life, freedom, and equal ruling under the law."

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