thoughts on independence

the culminating document of the american revolution says: 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.

ever since 1776, the connotations of the phrase “all men are created equal” have been somewhat misleading for many Americans. slavery continued formally until 1865, women didn’t get the right to vote until 1920, the jim crow laws prohibited blacks from voting until 1965 and gays just got permission to get married last week (2011).

let us celebrate the revolution that brought our potentially great country its independence, and hope that we can build toward a future when we truly live in a country that lives up to its creed. until then, i’ll be burning and looting the illusions of the night:

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