The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence reads:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Men and that includes women, are not equal in their physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, and other capabilities. We are all born with different talents, in different family, in different ways in which we were raised and educated and we could go on and on. If this is true, and there is no way we can all be equal, then just what does it mean that all men are created equal?
In Dr. W. Cleon Skousen’s book, The 5,000 Year Leap, the sixth principle, All Men are created equal, Dr. Skousen explains how men are created equal. Men can only be created equal in three ways as follows:
1. Equal in the sight of God
2. Equal in the sight of the law
3. Equal in the protection of their rights
“As members of society, all persons should have their equality guaranteed in two areas. Constitutional writer Clarence Carson describes them:”
First, there is equality before the law. This means that every man’s case is tried by the same law governing any particular case. Practically, it means that there are no different laws for different classes and orders of mean (as there were in ancient times). The definition of premeditated murder is the same for the millionaire as for the tramp. A corollary of this is that no classes are created or recognized by law.
Second, the Declaration refers to an equality of rights. …Each man is equally entitled to his life with every other man; each man has an equal title to God-given liberties along with every other. (Clarence Carson, The American Tradition (Irvington-on=Hudson, N.Y.: Foundation for Economic Education, 1970, pp. 112-13)
Dr. W. Cleon Skousen also gives a quote from John Adams as follows: “That all men are born to equal rights is true. Every being has a right to his own, as clear, as moral, as sacred, as any other being has….But to teach that all men are born with equal powers and faculties, to equal influence in society, to equal property and advantages through life, is as gross a fraud, as glaring an imposition on the credulity of the people, as ever was practiced by monks, by Druids, by Brahmins, by priests of the immortal Lama, or by the self-styled philosophers of the French Revolution. (Quoted in Koch, The American Enlightenment, p. 222.)
Also a quote from Alexander Hamilton: “Inequality would exist as long as liberty existed….It would unavoidable result from that very liberty itself.” (Harold C. Syrett et al., eds, The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, 19 vols. By 1973 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1961- 4:218)
In summary, when you hear people say they want to be treated equal, remember that they are already treated equal in the only two ways they can be, equal under the law and equal in protection of their rights.
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Linda N. Hackett