Inalienable Rights

July 17, 2012 Posted by: Katelynn

It may be Independence Day, but what people should that apply to?  It should be to all, to everyone, every man, woman and child.  We are all the same underneath.  We are all human, we should all be treated that way.  To bathe in the beauty of the sun while another bakes under its rays is not only unfair but selfish.  How can anybody, especially the man who took up the opportunity to speak out on paper, forever immortalized in ink, be okay with inequality when the words he believes in stand for equality?  It is sad to think that today, 236 years later, we still have not achieved the ideal.  Somehow we all need to find it in ourselves to work a little harder, delve a little deeper, and love and respect a little more each passing day.

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  1. July 25, 2012 at 01:00

    " It is sad to think that today, 236 years later, we still have not achieved the ideal." I think that we have. Sorry.

  2. July 20, 2012 at 01:25

    This is a beautifully written post, Katelynn. Well done! Do you think that Jefferson was okay with inequality? As with Ranger Renee, I like your allusion to Frederick Douglass. It reminds me of the 4th of July speech given this year at The National Archives in Washington, D.C., by A'Lelia Bundles. I think you might like what she had to say, because she refers to the Frederick Douglass speech as well. You can find her speech on her blog page: It is the second blog from the top. (A’Lelia Bundles is the new Chair and President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Archives.) Congratulations on your excellent blog post. You're off to a great start in finding and strengthening your own, unique voice. Keep up the good work! Sincerely, Steve Edenbo (a.k.a. the Thomas Jefferson impersonator you met at The Declaration House)

  3. July 19, 2012 at 06:49

    Do you think that the irony of a slave holder writing those words makes what he accomplished more OR less significant?

  4. July 19, 2012 at 02:36

    I see an allusion in your work to a line in a famous Frederick Douglass piece called "What to the Slave is the 4th of July." Nice job.

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