Civil rights and liberties
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Our American Constitution, our Values, and Civil Rights/Liberties are Beautiful. The only thing they lack, is true
engagement as well as regulation of their meaning. In other words, when Thomas Jefferson wrote that "All men are created Equal" (Declaration of Independence), it was only white males that owned property that were defined as men then, and allowed to partake in the "unalienable rights as endowed by their creator" (Declaration of Independence).
It wasn't until we gave birth to Civil Liberties, and opened the window of extension of our Civil Rights through the creation of the 14th Amendment that we began truly giving "all men equality." Slowly but surely we gave rights to African-Americans, Women, Native-Americans, etc.
Today we are still facing trouble of giving recognition to Homsexuals and those of Middle Eastern decent as being a part of the words "all men are created equal." And it is simply our Fear that works as the main oppressor of reaching this goal, set by Thomas Jefferson, but also ACKNOWLEDGED by Jeferrson that it's difficult, and easier said then done
, as he himself was a slave owner.
These are high standards, being able to recognize that every individual on this earth, seperate from class, race, gender and sexual prefernce is equal to you or me. But one day, i feel we will meet them, i am not giving up on this country and neither shall you.
As stated before, a true patriot of a democracy, questions his government, participating and keeping the government in check, all things that condone improvement. Blind following and keeping your mouth shut is only patriotism in a monarchy
Posted by insidethesun13
at 2:19 PM EDT