November 25, 2014
In this essay, I will explain what “The Declaration of Independence” says about the people’s right to happiness and compare it to David Simon’s essay "There Are Now Two Americas. My County is a Horror Show" and what he believes about Americans enjoying the same rights. David Simon believed that happiness involves money, land and opportunity. Lastly I will give my opinion on what I believe the right to pursue happiness involves and means. According to the first draft of The Declaration of Independence, people’s rights were being ignored by the King. Thomas Jefferson once said “mankind is more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed” (Jefferson,1), this is telling us that the people are allowing the corrupt government to take over their life and put them through suffering that they do not deserve or want. “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” (Jefferson, 1), this one ruler mentality also known as absolute monarchy lets the ruler have full control of everything and has no limits on his wishes or power. This type of government allowed the one ruler or king to take away people’s right to be heard, seen and ultimately their happiness. One would think that because they live in the United started of America everybody gets treated equally, but in reality, they are wrong. In David Simon’s essay "There Are Now Two Americas. My County is a Horror Show", Simon expresses his view on how Americans are not enjoying the same rights as others and how rich people have taken over the government. Simon also says “You witnessed it again with the healthcare debacle in terms of the $450m that was heaved into congress” (Simon, 3). He believed that rich people bought the government with their money so they could make more money and be richer. The lower class...
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