Round Table Discussion

"All Men Are Created Equal"

"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another . . ." The necessity has occurred. The 13 colonies have a long history as self-governing societies, a condition that is now threatened. As all governments derive their just powers from the consentof the governed, the people have a right to alter or abolish a government whenever it becomes destructive to those who have given their consent. The occasion calls for a statement of rights violated, in the good old English tradition of the Magna Carta and the Glorious Revolution. Therefore, "these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES." There you have it: the sovereignty and self-government of existing societies. Of course, as s always the case in human events, the Declaration still had to be made good by bayonets wielded by free men.

Mr. Jefferson drafted a legal document to be adopted (or not) by 13 sovereign states. He was not Moses releasing a prophecy. Contrary to befuddled scholars, he did not get his fillip about equality from reading French books. It came from his belief in the self-governing equality of the colonists' primitive Anglo-Saxon ancestors before they succumbed to Norman centralism. "All men are created equal" meant that a Briton on this side of the water is just as good as the firstborn, and that no...

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