“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
We as Americans shit all over this very concept every fucking day. Whose life? Whose liberty? Whose pursuit of happiness? Our own, of course! But what of those whose religion offends us, whose sexual lifestyle disgusts us, or whose race or gender or transgender we believe is inferior to our own? When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, I have no fucking doubt he was thinking of only Straight, White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant American-British men.
This is why I fucking question whether or not we, as Americans standing of American soil or humans throughout the world, really have been endowed by our Creator with any inalienable rights. The moment any of my fellow arrogant, patriotic Americas step foot off our Constitution sanctified ground, we lose any and all off our Constitutional rights. Our right to bear arms evaporates the moment our feet touch foreign soil. Our right to freedom of speech, also, does not extend beyond our borders, despite the interconnectedness of the world through the Internet. Americans abroad suddenly find ourselves with no rights other than those given to foreigners by said sovereign country.
As for our own inalienable rights, these had to be debated by Straight, White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant men in order to determine the inalienable rights of women, Indians, Catholics, and Negros, both the slaves, freedmen, and born free. Does this sound like our Constitution is such a beautiful inerrant, God-given Constitution?
When the Constitutional Conventionists were debating the “God-given” Constitution of these United States of Fucking America, they were forced by the southern states to include the infamous and ultimately damning “three-fifths compromise.” Modern Americas believe that our founding fathers considered slaves only to be “three-fifths” of a man, but this is an incomplete analysis. The key point is this was a question how should slaves be taxed. Slave owners didn’t want them taxed as equally as other men in their “employ”. This allowed slaves to be taxed as “three-fifths” of a man, but their true worth as human being was less than a dog’s. Negro slaves had no inalienable rights. Even the freedmen living in the north had to live in fear of slave catchers, who did not respect any Negro’s inalienable rights as a freedman or born free. This was evidenced by the historical and historic memoir, Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup, himself born free.
It took a hundred years after Negro slaves were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation to finally have their civil rights given to them by Straight, White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant men when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These same white men had stamped their fight and bawled like toddlers pitching a temper tantrum until the tide of popular opinion turned against them and they were forced to acquiesce to the demands of the Negro for their “inalienable rights”.
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