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About the Author
Naomi Wolf is an American author and a former political consultant. She was the leading speaker of the feminist movement, and co-founder of the American Freedom Campaign.
Brief summary
In the article, “Freedom is Intended as a Challenge” by Naomi Wolf, is a piece that takes a deeper look into the current perception of the Declaration of Independence. Wolf believes us present day Americans do not have an accurate sense of what really happened during the late 1700’s, and as a nation we should appreciate what our founding fathers went through. Wolf explains how most Americans disregard the Declaration as just a piece of paper, where as it actually holds a greater amount of significance than we give credit to.
Formal Language: a good thing or bad thing?
Formal writing
"It has been said that each generation must win its own struggle to be free."
-Robert F. Kennedy

The language of the Declaration of Independence is too formal, a formal language that has been removed from this generation. As a result of this, it causes us to overlook the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence. Upon revision, it is much clearer to understand.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with' certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
not so formal
That to guarantee these rights for themselves, men create governments that derive their rightful [or "proper"] power from the consent of those who are governed; that whenever any form of government starts to be destructive to the goals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the people have a right to change or even destroy that form of government; and the people have a right then to create a new form of government-one that is founded upon the kind of principles, and that takes the kind of shape, that seems to them to be most likely to guarantee their safety and good fortune.
People believe...
People believe that the Declaration of Independence intends something pleasant: people like to pursue their personal goals, God wants it to work out this way, and everyone's interests are best served by our having the right to do so.
but actually...
The Declaration of Independence is mainly about our continual duty as Americans to:
The pUrsuit of happiness
Happiness today is usually defined as personal satisfaction and personal pleasure. EX: Beach, shopping, etc..
To Jefferson, "happiness" would be the opposite of depression, wheras to the founders, "happiness" meant just a fortunate state of enfranchisement in the context of an open, just society. In short, it means one's development of one's full power as an individual, and has a condition of freedom.
As a result...
Because we have this freedom; we have this obligation to take the most possible steps and go through risks in defense of freedom.
So, if anyone wants to overcome us, we must rise up and rebel against them.
"Liberation" is a destintation of the mind, as the African-American slaves knew.
If Americans would actually accept a personal commitment to defend liberty, this country would be an entirely different place.
Liberation Cont'd
America cannot bestow these rights upon us to rebel, and then charge us for responsibilities.
ferguson riot
An 18 year boy, Micheal Brown, was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson because he was walking in the street when he was supposed to be walking on the sidewalk. Although Brown's hands were raised, Wilson shot him 6 times. This caused a sea of protestors. The riots soon became violent to the point where the officers used tear gas against the protestors. Till this day the FBI are still trying to investigate if Wilson was at fault for possible discrimination.
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