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Persuasive Essay : The Right To Pursue Happiness?

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I'm here today to defend the right to pursue happiness. It’s a simple notion, the right to pursue happiness. It's bestowed upon all of us by our Constitution. Every citizen of this country has the right to pursue it and I believe that it...is incumbent upon us as citizens of this nation, as Americans, to bestow that right upon others -- upon each other, and upon the rest of the world.

But the right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away. It’s raped. It’s abused. It’s taken by force, fraud, or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another.

And this is about the time when I start talking about politics -- that the internet trolls tell me to stick to my day job. So I’d like to talk about my day job. My day job is as the chairman and the co-founder of Thorn. We build software to fight human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. And that’s our core mission. My other day job is that of the father of two, a 2-month-old and a 2-year-old, and as part of that job that I take very seriously I believe that it is my effort to defend their right to pursue happiness and to ensure a society and government that defends it as well.

As part of my anti-trafficking work, I’ve met victims in Russia. I’ve met victims in India. I’ve met victims that have been trafficked from Mexico, victims in New York, and New Jersey, and all across our country. I’ve been on FBI raids where I’ve seen things that no person should ever see. I’ve seen video content of a
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