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Um..."life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" are listed as
'inalienable rights' in the Declaration of Independence, and are therefore
not considered law in the US, as the Constitution and its amendments (The
"Bill of Rights" are technically the first several amendments to the
Even assuming it were a legal document, I'd really like someone to show me
how my 'right' to be happy translates into happiness--I'm not feeling happy
today, so I can sue the federal government until they provide me with
happiness? At least unemployment, defined as a legal right (definition=that
which is due to anyone by law, tradition, or nature.--check the dictionary
under the noun, not the adjective, which is the definition you provided.) is
something I can sue the government for and receive. How I can have a RIGHT
to something when the specified provider CANNOT provide it is a logical
puzzle I usually leave for philosophers.
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