Our favorite tea-baggin’ Congressman is at it again- Dennis Ross, freshman Rep from Florida, and self-appointed “watchdog”, tweeted this gem a little while ago:
Our Dennis might want to fact check these things before he tweets them- as most fourth graders know, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is probably the best known and most quoted phrase in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution! For the record Dennis, the word “Liberty” appears once in the Constitution- “promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty”. (Fun fact- in the Constitution, “Liberty” comes after “Welfare”- tell that to a tea-bagger and watch his head explode!) “Happiness”, sadly, doesn’t appear in the document at all, and the word “life” only pops up in this delightfully biblical clause: “no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.” Whatever that means.
I do have to admit that I like Dennis’s supposed constitutional right to happiness, though! If that right really did appear in the Constitution, it would pretty much guarantee that Dennis ‘n’ Daryll’s postal “reform” bill would be declared unconstitutional, given how many people are deeply unhappy about it!