The "Pursuit of Happiness" is the pursuit of blessedness.
When we say "God Bless America" we seek a state of
happiness. We seek "Liberty Under God."
The Framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
used the phrase "happiness" in the way Sir William
Blackstone used it in his Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765),
knowing that the English word happy was the equivalent of the
Latin word beatus, as in "Beatitudes":
"Blessed (or happy) are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew
The Framers agreed with Blackstone when he said that God has
"so inseparably interwoven the laws of eternal justice with the happiness
of each individual, that the latter [happiness] cannot be attained but
by observing the former [laws]; and if the former be punctually
obeyed, it cannot but induce
The programs of atheistic socialism are obstacles to the pursuit of
blessedness. Our Constitution rejects these obstacles.
When a society is blessed, there is peace and security, and
everyone enjoys life under his "Vine
& Fig Tree." This was the
goal of America's Founding Fathers.
Government programs do not bring blessedness:
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