… is from page 23 of George Will’s 2019 book, The Conservative Sensibility:
America was born with an epistemological assertion: The important political truths are not merely knowable, they are known. They are self-evident in that they are obvious to any mind not clouded by ignorance or superstition. It is, the Declaration says, self-evidently true that “all men are created equal” not only in their access to the important political truths, but also in being endowed with certain unalienable rights, including the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
(Pictured here is Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq’s 1873 painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.)