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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. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Just what are those words worth, today? Very little, evidently. Do we still think them? Are they still engraved on our hearts? Do we still think that ALL men are produced equally? I maintain listening to that the Arabs are “not prepared for freedom”. I consider that an appallingly contemptuous declaration.
I submit that in 1776, those words were unworthy the parchment they were doodled on. Utter as well as absolute rubbish.
They did not materialize until lengthy years of bloody, miserable warfare breathed life into them. They were acquired, truly, at the cost of incalculable human suffering.
And also as the gentleman states at the beginning of his item, they did not apply similarly to every American for a long, lengthy time. Not to the Irish, nor to ladies, nor to Jews, nor Catholics, nor blacks, nor non-landowners. This experiment we call America truly did ‘light a fire in the minds of men’.
It continues to be an imperfectly-realized perfect, since people are still flawed as well as we bring all our wrongs as well as weak points with us on this trip. We are significantly improved for having actually gotten to beyond our baser selves, for having actually dared to desire. We are still improving.
Do we still think them? Are they still engraved on our hearts? Do we still think that ALL men are produced equally? It continues to be an imperfectly-realized perfect, since people are still flawed as well as we bring all our wrongs as well as weak points with us on this trip. We are still improving.