We have always read the July 4th, 1776 Declaration of Independence “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.”
What if it read “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 Property.”
Actually versions of our Declaration of Independence prior to the one signed July 4th, 1776 did read Property. There are differing ideas on why Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson made this last minute change, but many speculate it had to do with slavery. Slaves were considered to be property yet earlier the same sentence states “that all Men are created equal”. Possibly to avoid the debate on slavery which would have further divided the Founding Fathers, a wording change was offered.
Today I believe it is safe to say “the rights to life“, “the rights to liberty” and “the rights to property” were foremost on their minds when describing “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”.
Abuse of Property Rights is what started this voyage of mine. I have also long believed that lasting change in government abuse must start in our own backyards. Before us in six days the residents of Johnson County have two primaries for Johnson County Commission. The issue of Property Rights have been asked to all candidates of both races.
On Saturday June 24th I attended a debate sponsored by The League of Johnson County Women Voters and the KC Star hosted by Jim Sullinger. I was fortunate to ask one of the three open to questions portion. Here is the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY_MZW4-2ZY&feature=PlayList&p=8C5C812BEC5E1D19&index=13&playnext=1 Based on this one topic only, NOlathe endorses Surbaugh and Toplikar for Chair. The KC Star article of this debate is here: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/07/27/2110572/joco-commission-job-part-time.html
Property Rights have also been discussed with all four candidates for District #4 Commissioner http://www.kansascity.com/2010/07/23/2101403/salaries-annexation-are-issues.html . Based on this one topic only, NOlathe endorses Vogt and Osterhaus for District #4.
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