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"That sumbitch ain't been born."

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Once in a while you read something that captures an idea or a way of thinking with which you can identity.

This is an excerpt from a  blog found here:   https://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2003/11/that-sumbitch-aint-been-born-early.html




Our Declaration of Independence says: 

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.

The first line of the Declaration is one strongly definitive of an American ideal - equality of birth.

There is a story, a joke in some ways, an allegory in others, that dates way back. In it, a British Lord travels to the Frontier West, America in the 1800's. His horse throws a shoe on the trail, so at the first little frontier town he comes to, he finds a blacksmith's shop to have the shoe replaced. As he rides up, he sees a large, sweaty, filthy man hammering on a piece of red-hot iron. The Lord sits on his horse, waiting to be served, but the blacksmith doesn't pay him any attention and continues to work his iron. Finally, the Lord, outraged to have been ignored this way by an obvious servant, dismounts, approaches the 'smith, and taps the man on the shoulder with his riding crop.

"You, man!" he barks, "Who is your Master! I wish to have a word with him!"

The blacksmith turns, looks at the Englishman, spits a stream of tobacco juice on the point of the Lord's boot and says, 

"That sumbitch ain't been born."

That's one idea Americans share.

Another is that government should work for us, not us for it. (But Americans are not one monopolitical block. Just how government should work is something we've been fighting about since before the end of the Revolutionary War, so being an American is more than believing that we are not the servants of our government.) That, too, goes back to "That sumbitch ain't been born" - just because someone draws a government paycheck does not make them our masters.

"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." That's another thing Americans believe in, and that's what draws people to this country - the liberty required to pursue happiness. In very much of the world, for a very long time, what you were allowed to do was constrained by your birth, and in many places today that's still true. America is that place you could go where what you could do was constrained only by your own capabilities. The ideal is that we are born equal, but that we succeed on our individual merits - equality of opportunity, not outcome. And note, our Founders didn't promise happiness, only the opportunity to pursue it. That's also an opportunity to fail - the risk is ours to take. And we've been risk takers the likes of which the world has never seen before. 



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Alot can be learned from reading about thomas jefferson, the author of the declaration. A man who carried a gun everywhere he went. You can say he is responsible for our REPUBLIC. Alexander hamilton the head of the treasury in 1800 and agruably leader of the federalist party; tried to block jeffersons election in 1800. He even encouraged a swing candidate (aaron burr) which worked in that jefferson and burr tied (beating jj adams). To try to sway the election more he expanded the juduciary to try to block jeffersons appointment because jeffersons believed america should be a republic. Hamilton and the federalists wanted a democratic monarchy in the form of a lifetime appointment of congress and president. George washington and john adams did nothing to stop this. And adams embraced it while washington was on the fence. Jefferson prevailed in assuring expansion of the west with the lousiana purchase and the commissioning of the lewis and clark expedition.

I’d suggest everyone should read “thomas jefferson, the art of power” by jon  meacham. Its a great read and the parts after the revolutionary war (his first election through final days corresponence with john j adams) are especially telling, you find in his own words the fight of today is exactly the same as then (partisan media, resistance groups that cared only about resisting above all else) 



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