Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Control

April 04, 2010

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of control

Katy Abram

Published on AmericanThinker.com April 4, 2010

Recently, two members of our government have spoken of the Declaration of Independence, referring to our Founding Fathers words of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  They both tied this line to the health care legislation that was recently passed ensuring this was constitutional.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, had stumbled over those words of, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” during her final remarks before the bill was passed.

Congressman Phil Hare of Illinois was caught in a gotcha moment this past week while being questioned about healthcare by some concerned citizens.  He was asked where in the constitution health care is permitted.  The congressman’s quick answer was, “I don’t care about the Constitution to be honest with you…I care more about the people who are dying everyday…I believe it (the Declaration of Independence) says we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Once I heard these two individuals utter these words I realized that they do not know the definition of liberty. 


is freedom from unjust or undue governmental control.

How can this health care law ensure our liberty when the government will be increasing our taxes,

redistributing wealth, and interfering with our personal choices?  The two are completely incompatible as it relates to this specific bill.  

Now let’s look at the pursuit of happiness.  I certainly do not derive any happiness from this bill.  My family has a health

savings account with a high deductible, which we have been happy with.  The new health care bill has now mandated our deductible to be decreased significantly.  This may sound wonderful until you understand that our premiums will increase dramatically as a result. 

So I’d like to personally thank the leftists and statists in our country that have begun the process to take away my liberty and pursuit of happiness.  My concern now is that the only one left is life.


Katy Abram is the Arlen Specter town hall attendee who told him he has “awakened a sleeping giant.”  She can be followed at twitter/katyabram.com and katyabram.com.