Updated: Jun 24, 2021
On July 4, 1776, when the founding fathers sought to codify those beliefs and ideals that would allow what they believe to be the highest expression of a free and just society they first proclaimed that:
“The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America...”
This first proclamation encasing itself in unanimity is of a profound nature. It informs all who sleep under the blanket of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, that those inalienable rights should be unanimously bestowed upon them anytime they are under the jurisdiction of The United States of America.
With this view informing all who are American citizens one would hope anywhere, everywhere, and anytime that the unanimous declaration of American ideals is not followed through for all, then it is an affront to the Declaration of Independence foundation and that of America.
It is through this lens that all internal American strife must be viewed. For it is this view that so many and too many have to experience their American citizenship. Many Americans see from 1776 to today that while America says unanimously there are unalienable rights bestowed upon them, certain Americans have been outright denied or forced to prove why the inalienable rights that some currently enjoy should be extended to them.
From the preceeding, it is my contention that the American Revolution was not revolutionary because one group of humans decided to fight for rights they think they should have. Humans have done that since our existence. It was and is revolutionary because of the rights codified in the Declaration of Independence and granted to all American citizens from birth.
These rights granted at birth but not equally recognized by those entrusted to be the custodians and executors of the unanimous Declaration are why Americans have fought, protested, and died since 1776. All of the domestic American strife stems from the fact that the unanimous Declaration of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” has been denied in various ways (slavery, jim crow, suffrage, lynching, bombings, internment camps, voting rights, marriage rights) over centuries.
It is this denial that forces us to continue what the founding fathers started but ultimately could not bring themselves to carry out. Their declaration of independence was and is what America should be. As long as we view what our actions should be through the lens of the declaration of independence then we resign within ourselves to fully and continually pursue those inalienable rights to be rightfully bestowed upon every American.