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Sunday, July 12, 2009

My piece in the New York Times

Last week, the New York Times ran my Op-ed piece about the Declaration of Independence. The Founders borrowed liberally (to put it mildly) from the language of British law when drafting the Declaration. What makes the Declaration great is that the Founders turned what might have been a provincial legal document into a universal declaration of rights. And that's something to celebrate!

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