I am continually amazed by the obscure and blatantly biased sources Alan Cheah trots out as "research" for his column.. If he was actually concerned about what the Founding Fathers meant or intended, it would seem to me that he would want to seek out the writings of those men so they might personally enlighten him on the matter. The fact that he doesn't seems to indicate he merely wishes to provide your readers with his distorted views by using only "research" that supports those distortions. Consistent, but wrong.
The full text he alluded to in the July 4 issue, reads, "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."
Note these are not rights given by government, but endowed by our Creator and specifically excluded from the government's tampering. The Founding Fathers never envisioned citizens being nursed from cradle to grave at the government's welfare breast, as Alan would prefer.
The greatness of this nation was embedded in our God given rights to pursue our dreams equally free from government direction or intervention. The proof of that intent was clearly spelled out in the documents they authored and in a vast library of supporting books and papers.
Anyone interested in verifying that can access a thoroughly enlightening collection of those actual documents for free at wallbuilders.com. Then maybe we can engage in a truly meaningful dialogue about the abysmal state of our nation and the pressing need for action to return us to the actual foundations of our greatness and freedom.
Steve Hall, North Fork