All “men” are created equal. That’s what it says on our Declaration of Independence. But is Jefferson saying we are all equal in all things?
It’s always seemed to me that to claim Jefferson and our Founding Fathers who signed this declaration of treason against Britain were saying all men (and women) are equal in all things is simply naive and silly. Clearly, we are not. The following article speaks to the question of economic inequality and very artfully makes my point.
What I believe Jefferson was saying is that we are all equal in God’s eyes and in the law. And that is how it should be. But in order to accept Capitalism as the economic vehicle by which our nation is to be run we have to come to grips with the fact that there will be losers. Some people won’t get it. And they will fail. The good news is we all fail, and most of us get up, recharge, re-motivate, start over. Most of us. Some are lacking intelligence, or physical ability and cannot accomplish as much.
We can do a lot more for those who have no clue, or who are lacking in some way by allowing for the stronger of us all to thrive and grow stronger. Then the strong can better take care of the weak. Which is as it should be.
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