Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not in U.S. Constitution


Letters to the Editor

I hesitate to cast aspersions upon conservative intelligence or erudition, however, I must take exception to Jean Flanagan’s Sept. 12 letter: “Letter outlines conservative beliefs, such as life, liberty.”

As we learned in grammar school, the reference to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which is based on Lockean philosophy, is enshrined not in the U.S. Constitution but rather in the Declaration of Independence.

Perhaps Ms. Flanagan has been deluded by the renowned Fox News history scholars like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, or this may just be another example of Republican revisionist history.

I was also surprised by our president’s lack of conservative intelligence a few months ago when he decided to release a highly classified U.S. spy satellite photo taken over Iran.

Thanks to his display of childish pique, his tyrannical buddies who govern Russia, China, North Korea and our many other adversaries now know the trajectory of this super-secret satellite and can take evasive actions to thwart it.

Once again Trump had undermined our own intelligence and military services and helped those who would destroy us.

I guess that’s why he donates his presidential salary; somebody else is going to be paying him substantially in the future.

Had anyone else released this photo, they would be in Leavenworth Prison.

Ed Olsen