John Adams believed and wrote “that all men are born to equal rights is true.”
“But to teach that all men are born with equal powers and facilities, 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 practiced.”
So, it may not true that we are actually born equal.
The establishment of the constitution of the U.S. was the work of many minds, standing perhaps as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.
Those who would take us back to the saint-like characteristics of our forefathers to give basis to their own opinions today should study the history and development of the constitution, the declaration of independence, the Bill of Rights and the constitution itself as well as the amendments to it, before giving god-like righteousness to their own proclamations.
Thomas Jefferson has been one of my political saint-like characters, in spite of the fact that he proclaimed all men equal while holding slaves, even the one that he took on as his wife and she only to be freed on his death.
There are some today who work toward bringing about more equality and others favor benefiting the more powerful and more advantaged. In fact it may be said that the two major parties are based on these declared differences.
And therefore, it becomes difficult to compromise these differences, that while on one hand moving more toward an exercise of “greater equality” and on the other hand supporting those aspects of law and economy that promote these differences or “greater inequalities.”
We are a society strongly reliant on our national government and with strong political feelings, perhaps as strong as our religious feeling, if not stronger. Our politics are based on the manner in which government shall support our beliefs.
It could be said, that all the groundwork laid out by our forefathers is still being cultivated, that although “we hold these truths,” these truths are not all that clear and are constantly requiring clarification.