The "pursuit of happiness" might be part of Americans' birthright, but John MCain sure doesn't seem to think much of it:
Should we claim our rights and leave to others the duty to the ideals that protect them, whatever we gain for ourselves will be of little lasting value. It will build no monuments to virtue, claim no honored place in the memory of posterity, offer no worthy summons to the world. Success, wealth and celebrity gained and kept for private interest is a small thing. It makes us comfortable, eases the material hardships our children will bear, purchases a fleeting regard for our lives, yet not the self-respect that, in the end, matters most. But sacrifice for a cause greater than yourself, and you invest your life with the eminence of that cause, your self-respect assured.
One side wants to do everything for me. The other wants me to sacrifice for everyone, which is the flip side of the same coin. Guess simply being left alone is completely out of the question.