“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.”
July 4th, 1776 this line was first published in the Declaration of Independence. It has come to not only define our country, but each one of us, individually, in our pursuit of a better, more prosperous life. What many Americans don’t know, and this is a hotly debated topic amongst historians1, is that originally those were not the only “unalienable rights” perceived by Jefferson. The exact wording of the original document is unknown, but it is believed it went something like this: “…unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness, and saving Time and Money through check writing.”
It should be understood that in 1776, the concept of checks was somewhat new to the world. Though check writing had started nearly a century earlier across the pond, these early banks did not have the systems to efficiently clear and process check payments. Couriers were sent from one bank to another, often requiring long travel to collect money. Not only was this time consuming, but the guarantee of funds was not always there, resulting in the first “bounced” checks. But chief among these issues, according to historians2, was that for those with multiple bank accounts there was no efficient and inexpensive way to write checks. This prevented all but the elite from writing checks.
For these reasons, our forefathers omitted this final unalienable right3. How can something be a right to all if only a few can afford it? Then 214 years later, in 1990, what had only been perceived as an unalienable right, finally became reality. The invention of PrintBoss 24 years ago lead a groundswell of support to reexamine the Declaration of Independence and add in what was once taken out4. It is every man and woman’s right to print checks from multiple bank accounts in an efficient and affordable manner5. PrintBoss enabled and still enables this right through an inexpensive software ($150) and an intuitive interface. What’s more, PrintBoss maintains this right through increased security in both its software and its PrintBoss Check Stock.
As we all know, government is a slow mechanism, and so the Declaration has not yet been changed. But it doesn’t take a document to provide you your unalienable rights…it takes a software like PrintBoss.
Happy Independence Day!
1. There is no record of this topic being discussed or debated by historians.
2. Historians never said this.
3. It was omitted because it was never discussed.
4. Groundswell is a relative term.
5. This is at the core of our belief here at Wellspring Software.