Perhaps not so free and no so equal.
The notion of being born equal, among other concepts included in the declaration of independence gave those on this continent, except for native Americans and slaves ,a good rationale for apposing the rule of British aristocracy and gave sustenance to a successful revolution.
Those writing the Constitution were confronted with the reality of putting these highly held notions into documents giving political reality to a newly devised government.
Many elements and processes of government were and are still to be worked out. It would be laudable if after two hundred years, that we would have better developed that path toward equality, moving closer to the “all born equal” concept.
There are two practical things within possibilities, 1) providing everyone with easily accessible health care and 2) all Americans with access to the free education each individual requires. Although “not born equal,” these would provide us an improved sense of equality, especially in these two important areas of life.
It is remarkable that those developing countries, not as immersed in the ideological aspects of equality have moved toward education for everyone and for public health systems, while nearly fifty percent of our voting population are opposed to free education and public health care.
Those claiming to be the greatest adherents of the words of the declaration of independence, the constitution and the bill of rights are most adamantly opposed to the better equalizing affects of the practical means for bringing about what would appear to be the basics of democracy, if not some of the beliefs of our forefathers.
Is there really no truth to “equal opportunity” and “being born equal in America?”