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Has the promise of the Declaration been fulfilled?

“All men are created equal”—The phrase is immortalized in the Declaration of Independence, but this “self-evident” truth was far from reality for many Americans, including enslaved people, women, and Indians. Since Jefferson penned those words, Americans have used them to demand change: the end of slavery, the right to vote, fair treatment in the workplace. Some see Barack Obama’s reelection as evidence of the fulfillment of the promise of equality; others see a long way to go. Do the words still inspire? Do they finally ring true today?

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“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” –Frederick Douglass, 1852
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“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” – Abraham Lincoln –1863
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“Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.”—Barack Obama, 2013
without a doubt!
Do the words inspire? Definitely! Do they finally ring true today? A resounding NO!
Congress shall make no law.....the vast majority if the U.S. Code violates the Bill of Rights.
“All men are created equal”— This is as untrue today as it was in 1776. Clearly, there is a huge gulf between those born to poor parents and those to rich. To take one example, just take a look at the proportion of African Americans in jail. If you are poor you have less access to 'justice' than if you are wealthy. Corporatism in politics and the law has only made this inequality more acute.
Obama is ruining the country

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