As I have often said, those who cite “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” overlook the critical word “among.” Jefferson and his group were writing a declaration, not a laundry list, so other rights were implied rather than specifically stated.

I have often wished that I could stuff one of the collective right fantasists into a time machine (“Set the Wayback Machine for June 8, 1789, Sherman”) so they could see how the people responsible for the Bill of Rights would react to their interpretation.

My money’s on dead silence followed by gales of laughter at the oddly dressed individual who suddenly appeared among them, spouting nonsense.

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