When Thomas Jefferson penned the words in our Declaration of Independence in 1776 that “all Men are created equal,” he stated what the Continental Congress believed to be the proper condition of men in the colonies in relation to the offenses suffered under Great Britain.
Unfortunately, all men were not treated as “equals” within the several colonies either.
Even after our federal constitution with its Bill of Rights, slaves and women enjoyed no rights, unalienable or otherwise. They were property.
The Declaration was an unfulfilled promise of equality.
A former U.S. Senator said: “The enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and the abiding practice of any western society.” Continue reading