If you have ever been a school teacher, you probably know that the most popular question is “When am I ever going to use this in real life?” Although Vice President Kamala Harris has not done much for American youth, she has finally given them an excellent answer to this age-old question. Harris decided to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the horrible Roe v. Wade decision by delivering remarks in which she had the gall to invoke a heavily edited quotation from the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration has long been a rallying cry for life-affirming activists for obvious reasons. The first right ever enumerated by our Founding Fathers is none other than the right to life. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote before: “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.”
Vice President Harris bizarrely misquoted those words as “we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” as she tried to make the case for more abortion. The whole time, she was hoping no one would notice that she cut out the part of the quote which talks about our right to life, and the fact that our rights come from our Creator.
I refuse to believe that such obviously targeted omissions could be attributed to a simple gaffe. Who doesn’t know the phrase “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”? Sadly, I fear that more and more children brought up in our public schools will not know enough of their history to be able to spot neutered quotes and blatant lies for political gain. That is the answer to the question of “When will I use this in real life?” To safeguard your liberty, you have to know your history. The Founding Fathers left a rich legacy of liberty for us to live up to. Never let anyone take that away from you. Whether you are in school or far older, each of us need to make ourselves students of history.