"I remember, when living for four years in Indonesia as a child, I listened to my mother reading me the first lines of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they're endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." -- Obamessiah (Harvard Law '91), 6/30/08 - Independence, MOWhen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. -- The first lines of the Declaration of Independence, 1776
"As we begin our fourth century as a nation, it is easy to take the extraordinary nature of America for granted." - Obamessiah, 6/30/08 - Independence Missouri2008 - 1789 = 219. Does 1 + 1 = 3 now?