As a teenager, I attended a catholic boarding school in California. I actually became a student there in 1954 when I was 11 years old and in the sixth grade. The school was run by a religious order, which had originated in Italy. In fact many of the priests I had for teachers had lived under Benito Mussolini before they came to the United States to teach. They were very impressed with the founders of our country.
On many occasions my instructors would compare the American Revolution with the French Revolution. They, of course, told us about the inalienable rights that our founders wrote about in our Declaration of Independence. It was explained to us that our founders talked about the pursuit of happiness instead of the attainment of happiness because as Christians they understood that we will not attain true happiness in our life time.
While many of the French felt that if they could get away from the divine right of kings and let the people be in charge, everything would be just fine. They were convinced that vox populi Es Vox Dei - that is the voice of the people is the voice of God.
To them there is something sacred about democracy, about the same way present day progressives think. Our founders did not fall for this line of thinking because of the history of pure democracies over the years.
The fact that we do not hear about the attainment of happiness in the Declaration of Independence should also be as important to us as the fact that we do not find the clause of the rule of law in the constitution.
The due process of law meant something completely different than the rule of law to our founders. Of course that should be the subject of another letter.
W. David Herbert