Becoming Equal Under the Law – Equal?


“All men are created equal,
endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” I
think that’s one of the most important sentences in
the English language. And then the next sentence of
the Declaration says, “To secure these rights, governments are
instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed.” Jefferson set up a lofty ideal. All men are created equal. Their rights are inherent
at birth, not given by a government. And government is set up
to protect those rights. The genius of the American
experiment is the notion that the same rules
apply equally to all. But our country immediately fell
short of Jefferson’s ideal as it struggled to replace the
Articles of Confederation which bound the states, only
loosely, together, with a new Constitution. Generations would pass before
that ideal even started to become a reality.

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