I love that line. I believe that there are some things that are so obvious that they do not need to be explained so, why do we have to do it? Why is it that I have to write this blog?
I do not think that the framers of our Independence ever thought of how society would have changed in the 238 years since they penned those lines. I suspect, even if I can not prove it, that, had those lines been written today, that they would have been written differently. They, by the standards of their day, were being inclusive, not exclusive.
To veer for a bit, Z and I have far more in common than outward appearances might suggest. We share a love of country, political and moral values, the same sense of humor, a willingness to defend the underdog, passion for our beliefs, and a willingness to take responsibility for our actions. We are both strongly and outspokenly Christian while allowing that our faith does not give us the right to dictate how an other believes. We believe that the Bill of Rights means that those we disagree with are as much protected as we are. We both love the people we love and are willing to stipulate that others have the same right, albeit with different people. We agree that non-criminal acts should be treated as non-criminal. We think that what you do, as long as it does not harm anyone else, is none of our business. We think, until proven otherwise, that humans are deserving of respect and dignity. We believe in working and earning our own way.
So, again, why is it that I have to write this blog? Why is it that those “truths” are so hard to grasp? “That ALL men are created equal”. We, as a society, have imposed our views and have decided that we are not created equal. “(T)hat they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” and yet we deprive them of those same rights. We say, in the name of democracy, that we can vote to treat a segment of society as less than equal based on OUR perception. Why is it that I have to defend the rights of Z? By what standard does society have the right to decide that she is not endowed those same rights by her Creator? Why is it that she is not given “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Who are we to judge what is right for her?
When we treat “all men (sic)” as being “ALL men” then the dream of our founding fathers will have been accomplished. Until then…
Today is July the Fifth, it is the day that we forget the Declaration of Independence.