My Pursuit of Happiness

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”
— Barack Obama

I would like to know why I can’t drive my SUV, especially when winters here are icy. I need to get around in the winter too. Is NATO going to drop supplies to my house so I won’t have to drive my V8 GMC SUV? I worked hard for my money, and if I want to buy an SUV and drive it from the east coast to the west coast, WHY can’t I? It is my choice and my free will to do what I want with MY money.

Why can’t I eat as much as I want? If I like to eat, whether it be Whoppers, Big Macs, carrots, oatmeal or WHATEVER…why can’t I eat it? I will be the one who has to live with the consequences of my actions (i.e heart disease, obesity, higher insurance premiums, etc…). I am an adult and if I EARN the money to purchase things, and those things happen to be food, is it right to stop me, limit me or monitor me? It is my choice and my free will to do what I want with MY money.

Why can’t I keep my house set to 72 degrees? It’s winter here and really cold. I have a little one here and her pediatrician said to keep the house set between 70 and 74 degrees. Should I sacrfice my daughter’s health because some bureaucrat decided that 72 degrees is too hot? Maybe I am always cold and 72 deg is where I feel the most comfortable. I EARNED the money to PAY my heating bills and if I want to keep it at 72 deg because it makes me happy, why can’t I? It is my choice and my free will to do what I want with MY money.

Driving my SUV, eating what I want-when I want- how much I want, and keeping my house set to 72 degrees all make me HAPPY. Aren’t I afforded Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness under the Declaration of Independence? The last time I checked, we are still a Constitutional Republic. So my question is: Who, under a Constitutional Republic, can tell me what I can and can’t do so long as I am a non violent citizen practicing my right and freedom to pursue happiness? What’s next? All men aren’t created equal nor endowed by their creator to certain unalienable rights?! Are we Regressing or Progressing with statements and policies like the quote above? Will we remain a Republic or become a Nanny state embracing a socialistic Democracy? Is this what our Founding Fathers envisioned for our country when they declared independence?

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”- Thomas Jefferson– Founding Father, author of our Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of USA