When I was sworn in as an attorney, pledging to defend the Constitution, I had no idea what that would mean nearly 10 years later. Last November, in a room in Washington, D.C. with 500+ attorneys, we were hit with the reality that ethics in the U.S. was no longer about buying fair trade coffee, but how would we react when our civil rights and others’ civil rights were taken away. When the Constitution was written, the goal was freedom from Government (like a tyrannical British Monarchy). The American spirit of “freedom to do” has lost its meaning. Compare this with the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of the UAE, whose LinkedIn profile page says, “The Government’s job is to achieve happiness for people.” He explains that they are “building a new reality for our people, a new future for our children, and a new model of development.” New, New, New. London has allowed political flexibility and innovation, other nations as well have adapted, the U.S. has become stagnant and is leaving itself behind under the guise of “freedom from,” and Americans simply rip off the shirts and chant, “U-S-A, U-S-A!” We can say that we are #1 all that we want, but it simply isn’t true any more.
We are thinking the same thing this week apparently, regarding “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Below is the link for my article published last night on this exact phrase and what was influencing Jefferson when he wrote this phrase: