Opposing Views In Thomas Jefferson's Declaration Of Independence

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Thomas Jefferson wrote one of the most important and ironic phrases in the United States’s history: “...that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable right; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (652). The Declaration of Independence boasts that it supports that all men have a right to liberty. However, even though they declare it, it does not always hold truthful. The declaration only promotes the freedom and separation as a united country or for the men of the occupied countries. There is no reference to women, people of color, or children in regards to liberty. Meaning, that unless you are a man, technically you are still under England’s rule. I know that the document is not directly saying that and most people would assume that “men” was an all inclusive term. And yet, if that were true, we would have the same wage gap between men and women or the battle for the same civil rights that the men in 1776 were fighting for in 2016. But I digress. Jefferson writes several issues that the representatives of the United States of America in General Congress. For instance, “He has erected a multitude of new offices, by a self-assumed power and sent hither swarms of new officers to harass our people and eat out their substance” (654). I can see how people from a …show more content…

However, even with the all the “freedom” and “liberty for all” sentiments, it does exclude a huge portion of the population. We are still dealing with the ramifications of exclusion to this days, even 240 years later. And by our own government enabling the same tyrannical oppression where people are not able to get the equal rights they deserve we are making this document invalid and not upholding the better fundamentals that the founding fathers

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