Q: What are the "American" ideals and values proclaimed in the Declaration; how has American society failed to reflect these values and ideals from the American Revolution to the present?.
The Declaration of Independence is one of the most cherished, historical pieces of declaring human rights from the American Revolution to the present day. It consists of five segments-the introduction, the preamble, the indictment of George the 3rd, the denunciation of the British people, and the conclusion. These segments are basically about why the American decided to leave the British Empire by summarizing the collected reasons for their necessary action. Reasons like natural rights of humans, right to have a just government, all men are created equal, and among other rights. Some of these reasons are still holding to its true meaning, however they have been misused, interrupted, and not followed by American's government as they should be. Below, I will show you why the american's government did not live up to the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration declares that all men are created equal; however, in what extension did Thomas Jefferson meant by this statement when he wrote this? Is it that ALL men are created equal (including women, ethnics) or only the white men are created equal? Clearly history shows that he was only talking about the white men, because negros (as they were called back then) were still being used for slavery (Jefferson himself was a slave owner), women still has no right at all and if any none of them was sufficient to make this statement validable. In other era's (1960s to 1970s), vietnamese who were living in the U.S. were questioned in a ill-fated manner and some even went to jail for no apparent reason (just because they were vietnamese). Clearly this was the case of racial discrimination, because thats what exactly happened to them that day and "all men are created equal" statement could do nothing to protect them.