I believe that the United States is doing okay when upholding the principles. As we all know 243 years ago the Declaration of Independence was signed by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams. This important document was agreed upon by the thirteen colonies and was sent to King George III by an envoy. Judging the past to today it seems that the past was better. This is an essay on my opinion, of how well the United States is upholding the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
The first reason why I think that the United States is doing okay is because of the first principle of the Declaration of Independence which is “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Donald Trump who is our current president breaks this principle when he decides to start building a wall between Mexico and America. Donald Trump intends to make Mexico pay for this expensive project, many Mexican families are threatened by gangs and drug cartels and since their government can’t protect them they have no choice but to cross the border. One of the quotes in the Declaration of Independence states that all men have certain unalienable rights and the pursuit of happiness. Now families are being separated from each other and can’t pursuit happiness because Donald Trump wants every illegal immigrant to be deported.
Another reason that I don’t quite understand is if all men were created equal why were slaves legal back then and why weren’t they freed? Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams all had slaves, Thomas Jefferson having the most. In 1863 when Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves African Americans were still being prejudiced and mistreated. African Americans had poor education and school resources. Until May 17, 1954 the people of color were being mistreated and harmed sometimes even killed, that’s when Martin Luther King Jr. rised up to glory and gave his world famous speech. It took almost 100 years for America to start seeing African Americans in a new light which says a lot about society against the blacks. Now things are a little better and people are now more open minded to new subjects, people are no longer believing in their own stuck up ways.
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