Why Jefferson Is The Most Prolific Line Of American Politics Essay

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Jefferson quipped the most prolific line of American politics in the first line of the Declaration of Independence; “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”. The line represents the first utterance of a nation whose longstanding history is chronicled by the stories of men and women coming to terms with and expanding upon these endowed and eternal truths to create a nation that is fitting of the title “Land of the free and home of the brave”. Jefferson understood this and in anticipation of the inevitable debate and discussion that would occur, even beyond his years, over the proper role of government and the rule of law he made sure that his words would outlive him, offering a guiding light for future generations to govern and protect our hard earned freedoms.
Turning back to that famous line, it is important to recognize its implications to properly reconstruct and foster an understanding for Jefferson’s system of political thought. To do this, we must first consider whom Jefferson refers to when he says that “all men” are endowed with these divine rights of freedom. Simply put, the line was meant to be interpreted as the idea that every individual citizen of the United States is entitled to these rights which hasn’t ever been truly applied in the real world. For example, looking at the current political…

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