A Question to the Lawyers

The Declaration of Independence, adopted by the US Congress on July 4, 1776, 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.”

Aging makes people unhappy and bereaves them of their lives. Meaning all the citizens of the US lose their unalienable rights. Provided that the Government is not trying to defeat aging, is it acting in the interest of the People?

Is the Declaration of Independence a document of direct force? Are there any legal grounds to demand that the Congress funds curing aging?



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3 responses to “A Question to the Lawyers

  1. A colleague of mine is working on a possible legal theory — when it comes out in publication, I’m sure you will be one of the first to hear!

  2. The Declaration of Independence (unfortunately, in this context) has no standing as a basis of law. It was simply a proclamation of our intent to separate ourselves from British political control. The basis of American law is the Constitution.

  3. “Happiness” in the Declaration should be understood centrally as a sort of “virtuous felicity.” Felicity – intense happiness. So “the pursuit of happiness” means something like occupying one’s life with the activities that provide for overall wellbeing. There is no Constitutional directive that the US government fund such activities. 😦

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