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….
These words from the Declaration of Independence were drafted by Thomas Jefferson and approved by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams in 1776. Almost a century later, Abraham Lincoln said that he based his own political philosophy upon them, and believed that they are the standard by which our Constitution should be interpreted. They are not perfect. They leave out women, race, and more. But they point us in the right direction, and it would be a tragic mistake to stray from that path. I intend to inscribe them on post cards and send them to people who seem to have forgotten what this country is supposed to try to be about.