A friend said this, and I think they're right: American politics becomes a lot clearer if you mentally replace the word "freedom" with "property" every time a politician uses it.

fun fact about 'happiness' in Decl of Independence 

@thesunshinesushi It's really telling that 'happiness' at the time meant 'property' cause John Locke, so even in the beginning of American politics - property is explicitly part of the philosophical beginning.

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