One of the finest principles of Americanism is that we all are equal before the law and that we all have the same rights. That basic principle is right there in our Declaration of Independence from the tyrant Britain.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that 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.”
Those words of Thomas Jefferson rang out across America and around the world and down through time. They inspired independence movements and movements for human dignity from the Caribbean and Latin America to Asia.
But living up to those self-evident truths has been a constant struggle for many Americans. There have always been, down through our history, the frightened and small minded people who have denied that we were all created equal by our Creator. Whether it was Native American or African American or Japanese American or American women, there were those frightened little people who said one or the other or all of those groups were not created equal and did not deserve those unalienable rights.
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Our very own Senator Paul Gazelka is one such person. Senator Gazelka believes that some groups of Americans should have less rights than he does.