Pursuit of Happiness

A most misunderstood phrase from the Declarations of Independence, Action of the Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776. The moral foundation of our once free country relied upon the sanctity of common law tradition of Liberty, property and contract, thus the idea that a man’s home was his castle. If the King (or government) could not cloud our Liberty, confiscate our property, or annul our contracts, then we were indeed free to live our lives as productive citizens (pursue happiness) unfettered from tyranny. Then by exercising stewardship remain free from potential tyranny. In common language the Pursuit of Happiness simply meant the sanctity of private property. Our founders could have never imagined those words meaning license for primitive, slothful, or deviant behavior.